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Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: 1 Kings 17:10­16

Resp.: Psalm 146:7, 8­9, 9­10
2nd Reading: Hebrews 9:24­28
Gospel: Mark 12:38­44

The theme of today's readings is generosity. The widow in Zarephath and the poor widow in the Gospel gave to the point of detriment to themselves. Last week we were told to love God with our all, and today two examples are given to us.

In order to act as these two women did, we need to trust God as much as we can, and ultimately, completely. He has numbered the hairs of our heads, he clothes the lilies of the field and not one sparrow dies without His knowing. So why don't we trust? Well, we have been jaded by world and local events, our own weakness and much more. We are often blinded by our passions that as St Alphonsus Liguori tells us, make us despise Christ. But we can pray for the strength we need to increase in trust, daily. A saint is not the one who never falls, but who gets up again through the grace of God.

God knows us exactly, which is how Jesus knew that the poor widow gave the most she could. He takes notice of everything in our lives, so we need to take notice of Him, especially His life on earth, meditating on His passion.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD

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