From the Pastor's Desk
November 11, 2018
THE OSSUARY FOR ALL SOULS
During the month of November, we remember especially the faithful departed. The Ossuary is the casket like box in the center of the main aisle. It is used at funerals where the ashes of the deceased are placed during the Requiem Mass. In the Ossuary in November we place the Book of Remembrance which contains the names of all the people buried from this parish from 1948 to the present. We also place the ALL SOULS envelopes in the Ossuary, which the 9 day Novena of Masses is for. May the Ossuary remind us to pray daily for the faithful departed, traditionally the Toll in Church would ring at 8:00pm and the faithful would recite the De Profundis (Psalm 130) for the dead.
THE WIDOW’S MITE
What does Jesus want us to learn from what He said about the widow’s mite?"
There are several things that the story of the widow’s mite teaches us.
First, God sees what man overlooks. The big gifts in the temple were surely noticed by people. But Jesus saw what no one else did: He saw the humble gift of a poor widow. This was the gift that Jesus thought worthy of comment; this was the gift that the disciples needed to be aware of. The other gifts in the treasury that day made a lot of noise as they jingled into the receptacles, but the widow’s mites were heard in heaven.
Second, God’s evaluation is different from man’s. The widow’s two mites added up to a penny, according to man’s tabulation. But Jesus said that she had given more than anyone else that day (Mark 12:43). How could this be, when “many rich people threw in large amounts” (Mark 12:41)? The difference is one of proportion. The widow “put in everything—all she had to live on” (Mark 12:42). Hers was a true sacrifice; the rich had not begun to give to the level of her sacrifice.
Third, God commends giving in faith. Here was a woman in need of receiving charity, yet she had a heart to give. Even though the amount was negligible—what could a widow’s mite buy?—she gave it in faith that God could use it. The widow’s faith is also evident in the fact that she gave the last of her money. Like the widow of Zarephath, who gave her last meal to Elijah (see 1 Kings 17:7–16), the widow in the temple gave away her last means of self-support. Does that mean the widow left the temple completely destitute, went home, and died of starvation? No. The Bible teaches that God provides for our needs (Matthew 6:25–34). God also provided for the widow in Jesus’ day.
The religious officials of the day, instead of helping the widows in need, were perfectly content to rob them of their livelihood and inheritance. The system was corrupt, and the darkness of the scribes’ greed makes the widow’s sacrifice shine even more brightly. “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7), and He is faithful to take care of His own.
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