Reflection on Mark 12:38-44 ~
Jesus expects the scribes as teachers, lawyers and judges of the law (as he would of everyone), to give of themselves in responsible percentages for others. To humbly and selflessly give of time, talent and treasure is a sign of Christian maturity. True human wholeness like the poor widow, is to be at the service to others without the expectation of being measured or compared. I am filled with gratitude that many are turning to Jesus for guidance on distributing their abundances.
Mark 12 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Denounces the Scribes
38 As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! 40 They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
The Widow’s Offering
41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43 Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44 For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 12:38-44.