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Sunday 10/30-11/5 (B54)

Mark 12:38-44

The Problem with Some Scribes

As he taught, he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation."

He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.

Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."

A Penny for Your Thoughts

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The scribes, Pharisees and Jesus could sometimes find common ground, but Jesus did not mince words when it came to calling out false piety and hypocrisy. In contrast to insincere faith is the old woman who gives all she has to God. Most stewardship drives at church try to guilt members into giving more (e.g., tithing it all to the church), when very often it's the church that is not a good steward of what they receive. Lord, help us help our institutions live up to your standards.

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