I Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146:7-10; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44
One of the all-time great movie directors was the late John Huston, whose films include “The Maltese Falcon,” “Moby Dick,” “Annie,” and the one he described as the hardest assignment of them all, “The Bible.” He said that he found the creation story and Noah’s Ark flood scene especially difficult. “I had a terrible time doing them,” he said. “I really don’t know how God managed it.”
Someone has said that it’s not the passages in the Bible that are the hardest to understand that should bother us. It’s the passages that are easy to understand that should.
Today’s Gospel Lesson includes a passage that no one can fail to understand. But, in varying degrees, it bothers all of us. Jesus is watching as the members of the worshipping congregation deposit their temple offerings into the collection basket. Many wealthy people put in large sums. A poor widow puts in a tiny amount. Jesus then calls His disciples to Him and says, “I tell you…