WORSHIP TOGETHER | Sunday 11-7-2021

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Sunday, November 7, 2021 | 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Revised Common Lectionary passages for the Lord’s Day are:
– First Reading: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17
– Psalm 127
– Second Reading: Hebrews 9:24-28
– Gospel Reading: Mark 12:38-44

The liturgical color for the day is: Green

Those collection boxes in the temple were more like horns of a brass trumpet.  Drop something in and it made a sound.  The more you drop in the larger and louder the sound.  Of course—there were plenty in the crowd who like to make a big noise of what they put in.

It was as good, if not better than prancing around in long flowing robes.  Jesus was observing that day—and there among them was that poor widow woman. 

And there that poor woman is—doing as the rest making her contribution.  She gently drops in two coins.  Bing.  Bing.  That is all.  The sum of them is a penny.  Economically speaking not worth anything really.

A penny.  It was all—but it was everything.  Everything.  Jesus explained that she gave it all.

Her bing, bing, added up to more than the heavy plunking and pounding of their gold coins.  How could that be?

Well, her life matched her faith.  She believed all the way.  She believed with everything, and she gave her everything.  She did not show off; she did not parade around—she presented it all to God because God was her all.

The world won’t get it, but perhaps we will.  This faith is a place where a penny is worth more than mega millions.

Rev. Dr. Daris Bultena
General Presbyter and Stated Clerk

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