On one level, the Scriptures assigned for this weekend might easily be seen in the light of Christian stewardship. One cannot help but be moved (and challenged) by the story of the “widow’s mite” contained in the Gospel (Mk 12:38-44) or the “widow’s generosity” to Elijah (1 Kings 17:10-16) which brings both earthly rewards and heavenly treasure. Indeed, the rewards of stewardship are great. On another level, however, earthly abandonment and total reliance upon God characterizes the actions of both widows. There is a great difference between having something (or someone) “taken away” and of one “giving away” something. Each widow learned that God would supply and sustain them in their need.
Almighty and merciful God, look with compassion upon our affliction, and so lighten your children’s burden and confirm their faith, so they may always trust without hesitation in your fatherly providence.
I would like to thank all of you who participated in the Harvest Festival in any way this past weekend. I am grateful to the “core committee” Bryan Hayes, Michele Benigno, and Michelle Berardi. Our new concept in approaching this annual event should serve us wells for years to come!
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!