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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Gospel text (Mk 12:38-44): Jesus sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds, "Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation."

He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, "Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood."

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we "see" that God "sees" everything. God, being as great as He is (infinite), has a special liking for the small. Curious! Several times He said that the Kingdom of Heaven is like the mustard seed: a very tiny seed! Like that poor widow. In the eyes of men she meant nothing, her contribution was insignificant.

"God does not care about quantity but about quality. That woman, by giving "whatever little" she had, she actually gave love. That awoke the gaze of Jesus-God!