A poor widow came and put in two small coins...

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We are approaching the end of the liturgical year: this weekend's liturgy celebrates the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, leaving only the 33rd Sunday and Solemnity of Christ the King before First Sunday of Advent! (Can Christmas really be that close?)

This Sunday's Mass pairs two stories about widows: the widow of Zarephath who feeds Elijah with the last of the food she was saving for her son and herself (1st Book of Kings) and the widow (in Luke's gospel) who gives her last two coins to the temple collection box.

We find it easy to give from the "extra" we have... but how generous are we when our giving begins to draw on what we ourselves need? These two stories confront us with a difficult question...

The second lesson of the day continues the series of readings from the Letter to the Hebrews and the image of the high priest contrasted with the priestly sacrifice of Christ.

If you'll be bringing children to Mass this weekend, here's some hints for helping them prepare the Word of the Lord.


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