Sunday 11 November 2018
Week IV Psalter. 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
1 Kings 17:10-16. Psalm 145(146):7-10. Hebrews 9:24-28. Mark 12:38-44.
Praise the Lord, my soul! – Psalm 145(146):7-10.
‘Please bring a little water in a pitcher for me to drink.’
This perennial story, contrasting the rich and the poor, the supercilious and the humble, has been replicated over the centuries. Yet its message has rarely been as relevant as it is today. Readily coming to mind are issues of wealthy people practising tax evasion and bolstering enormous superannuation payouts for themselves.
We think of multinationals using tax havens to conceal their true earnings, thereby denying their own countries the benefits they are due. Then with the generosity of the poor widow we see war-torn countries taking in neighbouring refugees and are reminded of flourishing nations which turn away. Pray that those in power will learn justice and compassion from the poor, who can be their evangelisers.