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Elijah, the Widow, and a Story of Trust

Cycle BOrdinary TimeWeek 32

by Bishop Robert BarronNovember 08, 20155 Comments


The story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath, a section of which is our first reading for this weekend, is a narrative that just keeps generating spiritual significance, the longer you think about it and study it. Two desperate people confront one another, and each is called upon to make an act of faith. In the practically impossible act of double trust that follows, both are benefitted, and they both exemplify the law of the gift: your being increases in the measure that you give it away.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 - 1 Kings 17:10-16
Psalm - Psalm 146:7-10
Reading 2 - Hebrews 9:24-28
Gospel - Mark 12:38-44