32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Published on 05 Nov 2018
A woman holding out two coins on her palm

The Lord upholds the widow and orphan

Almighty and merciful God, graciously keep from us all adversity,

so that, unhindered in mind and body alike,

we may pursue in freedom of heart

the things that are yours.

Our readings this week encourage us to live our lives not just for ourselves but for others, as Jesus did.

The First Reading tells us of a poor destitute widow who shows great generosity as she sacrifices her last scrap of bread for the prophet Elijah.

The psalmist urges us to call on our innermost self – on ‘[our] soul’ – to give praise to the God who has great concern for the poor, including widows and orphans (Psalm).

In the Gospel too, it is the widow who wins the praise of Jesus as he observes her give everything she possesses to the treasury in the Temple. He contrasts her generosity to that of others and holds her up as a role model to the disciples.

The author of the letter to the Hebrews explains how Jesus Christ is the compassionate high priest who offers the gift of his own life for the salvation of mankind (Second Reading).

This week, let us pray for the grace to be the Lord’s instruments on earth, showing our care through loving action for the outcasts and marginalised of today.

Let my prayer come before you, Lord; listen, and answer me.      Entrance Antiphon

Please bring a little water … bring me a scrap of bread.             First Reading

It is the Lord who raises up those who are bowed down.          Psalm

God of mercy, help me to follow the Lord with love, for he is Lord for ever and ever. Prayer over the gifts
This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:

1 Kings 17: 10–16; Psalm 145 (146); Hebrews 9: 24–28; Mark 12: 38–44