Jesus Praises a Forgotten Old Woman

And to love God with all of the heart, a full understanding, and all of one’s strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself is much more important than all kinds of entirely burned offerings and sacrifices.”

Mark 12:33

You might wonder what it was like for Jesus after he went into the Temple and turned over the tables of the merchants. He wasn’t very popular, was he? Jesus stayed right there in the Temple, continuing to teach and to confront the religious authorities with their pride and abuse of the poor and the elderly.

Today’s reading has three episodes. I suggest that you take one for each part of the day—morning afternoon and evening. Place yourself as a silent witness of these events. Let Jesus lead you to those verses where his teaching is especially strong and where he wants to shake us up from ways of thinking that might be filled with pride, instead of love.

The reading ends with the incident of the poor widow making her offering in the Temple. Why did Jesus praise her so much? Are there any changes in the way you live that her example can encourage you to make?

Mark 12:28-44

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Loving neighbor as myself v. 31
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B.
Fridays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the Gospel of Mark in Year B.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

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