Tomorrow churches that use the Revised Common Lectionary will read Mark 12:38-44 and most likely hear a sermon on it. Too often we don’t have time to really reflect on the Gospel read on Sunday. We hear it quickly and don’t have time to process it. Today, read the Gospel reading for this Sunday and reflect on it. Use as many different angles to get to the passage as possible. Write a poem on the passage, paint a picture of it, try to write your own sermon–use whatever method helps you enter into the passage.
Teaching in the temple, Jesus 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.”