The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down.

Week of Sunday, November 11
25th Sunday after Pentecost
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Widows are visible everywhere in today’s readings. Jesus denounces those scribes who pray impressive prayers but devour widows’ houses. He commends the poor widow who in his view gave far more than the major donors. Jesus doesn’t see her simply as an object of compassion or charity. She, like the widow of Zarephath who shares her last bit of food with Elijah, does something of great importance.

Readings and Psalm
1 Kings 17:8-16
God feeds Elijah and the widow at Zarephath
Psalm 146
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down. (Ps. 146:8)
Hebrews 9:24-28
The once for all sacrifice of Christ
Mark 12:38-44
A widow’s generosity reveals the hypocrisy of the scribes