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November 8th – When there is nothing left

Scripture Reflection for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. . .

First Reading:  1 Kings 17: 10 – 16

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 146

Second Reading: Hebrews 9: 24 – 28

Gospel:  Mark 12: 38 – 44

The readings this week put us face to face with poverty and vulnerability: The widows in the First Reading and the Gospel who have given their last bit of livelihood; the Second Reading is about the gift we have all received because of the sacrifice of the very life of Christ.  They gave all, there was nothing left.

Accept for faith.

The readings reveal the essence of faith.  When their is nothing else, each individual gave the last because they believed.  The widow of Zarephath gave her last food; Jesus gave his last breath; the widow in the treasury gave her last coin.

The grain of wheat that dies so there can be new life
The grain of wheat that dies so                                     it can bear much fruit John 12:24

In our lives as Sisters of the Holy Redeemer . . .

Our experiences of  faith this week, while not as dramatic as giving our last, are often revealed in the “little things” that each day brings.

One of our Sisters returned from Germany after a month-long ministry with families seeking refuge in our Motherhouse.  She experienced their poverty as they seek safety and peace.  She also realized her own poverty, that of speech because of language barriers.  When words failed, she had faith to keep going.


Several Redeemer Associates gathered for their monthly sharings on the spirituality of the Congregation.  Here they deepen their understanding of  the faith of our Foundress as well as their own.

Our Foundress, Mother Alphonse Maria Eppinger as a young girl
Our Foundress, Mother Alphonse Maria                       Eppinger as a young girl

A former Redeemer Ministry Corps volunteer returned for a weekend visit after the hard work of college exams.  Her faith is an inspiration to us.

Another one our Sisters participated in a school visit to share about faith and how she “heard” God’s call to Religious Life.

St. Katherine Drexel school

The community gardeners have been busy preparing the garden for winter.  Even though it is November the garden continues to share an abundance of vegetables.  In other areas of the garden the earth is left fallow after the summer harvest.  Leaf mulch is layered on the barren soil to add nourishment over the winter.  The garden is perhaps a good metaphor for faith.  As the earth slowly lets go of the summer glory and trees and fields begin to go barren, there is still the brillant green of fall crops and the work going on beneath the soil to give new life in Spring. When it seems like there is nothing left, there is faith.


In your life . . .

Perhaps you can recall a time when you experienced the depth of your faith.  How has faith continued to guide your life?

Blessings on your week!