• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

Friday, 05 November 2021 12:21

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B - 2021

Written by Fr Prakash Menezes SVD

She has put in everything… all she had to live on.

Prakash installation at Alice 150The readings this Sunday talk about the need for generosity of heart. The two widows represented in today’s first reading and the Gospel are the unlikely people who could be generous. They were both poor, were barely sustaining their lives and probably would have died of starvation as they had nothing to pay for their food.

Despite this reality, they do something extraordinary: they give up what they have, even the little they have, for a greater cause. And both the prophet Elijah and Jesus praise them for their generosity.

The Gospel today draws our attention to two kinds of people. The first part of the Gospel speaks about those people, who are show-offs, who are busy towards grabbing attention of the people towards themselves. It is all about ‘me’. It is all about ‘my’ achievements. It is all about ‘look at me’. But the second part of the Gospel challenges that view with the example of this poor widow, who gives ‘all that she had’, and probably goes hungry that day. The focus here is on the other and not on oneself. She does not even think of grabbing attention to herself rather doing something good for the other.

In our lives too, quite often we have the urge to grab attention of the others towards ‘ourselves.’ We want to be known for what we have done and what our achievements are. We want to show off our position in the society and climb up the ladder of reputation. And very often we want to be known in the public and be in the limelight. But is that why we are here? Is that our purpose of life? Is that what makes us who we are? I think it is a serious question for us. We are supposed to be people who are humble in the presence of God. We are learners on our journey. We are called to reach out to people around us, rather than looking for self-glory. We are called to share what we have, even though it hurts.

The widows in the readings today didn’t have to do what they did. They could have chosen to look after themselves rather than parting with their meagre possessions, but they did something extraordinary. That action of doing something extraordinary, in an ordinary way, shows us the value of generosity. Generosity is not giving out what is extra, but giving out what is our own, part of our own. It is ‘sharing’ rather than ‘giving’.Let us pray today that we be able to be like these widows from the readings, who were praised by Jesus and Elijah for their generosity and pray that we too will be able to follow their example in our lives.

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