Clergy need to be reminded that the Church does not exist for them, just as lawyers need to remember the same about the legal system. The civil service is not there for the sake of the politicians, schools are intended for the learners, not for the staff.

Sometimes it is hard to keep an atmosphere of service and goodwill when we have positions of “authority”. Often people in positions of authority need to be reminded that they are there for the common good. The religious authorities in Jesus’ time had long forgotten that. Many religious and secular authorities in our own time have forgotten that too.

The Gospel this week addresses the religious authorities of Jesus’ time and then takes a turn. From the warning against self-aggrandisement, we pass to the incident where Jesus sees a poor widow putting a coin into the Temple treasury. It is a wonderful juxtaposition to what Jesus says about leaders in the first part of the text. It teaches us three important lessons.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the Scriptures for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.

1 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 145; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44.

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