This morning’s Scriptures give us some extraordinary examples of generosity and sharing of goods. Both the first lesson and the Gospel lesson give us the example of the poor, even the poorest of the poor, sharing everything they have. That widow from Zarepheth who is encountered by Elijah asking her for food tells him, “This is all I have, the last cup of flour and this little bit of oil. When I bake the bread and my son and I eat it, we will die.”
The Peace Pulpit
The Peace Pulpit: We experience the love of God when we understand that we would not exist if God did not love us and sustain us every instant of our existence
The Peace Pulpit: Fifty years ago, the United States faced the Cuban Missile Crisis. What do that and Jesus' words have in common?
The Peace Pulpit: We must enter into a deeper union with Jesus and try to be more like him in everything we are, everything we do, and become the servant of all out of love.
The Peace Pulpit: Does Jesus really expect us to give up everything to follow him? No, but he says all your excess belongs to those in need.
The Peace Pulpit: Humans not meant to be alone. But love -- giving all that we have -- can be an immensely hard (though rewarding) task.
The Peace Pulpit: Jesus was OK with those who were not among his inner circle preaching his word. Why shouldn't the same be true today?
Once again, we have lessons that are intended to help us understand how to be a disciple of Jesus -- what it means to follow Jesus. To put this in context, it's good to remember from the last couple of Sundays what our scriptures have been teaching us. Last Sunday, you may remember, the first lesson was from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The prophet proclaims, "God has taught me, so I speak as God's disciple. I know how to sustain the weary. Morning after morning, God wakes me up to hear, to listen like a disciple."
As we begin our reflection on this week's scriptures, I think it's important to remind ourselves that last week, Jesus, after performing an extraordinary miracle -- healing a person who was deaf and mute, and causing terrific amazement -- told the person who was cured and the disciples, "Don't tell anyone about this." This has come to be known as Jesus' attempt to keep the Messianic secret, that he was the Messiah.
There is something strange about that command at the end of the Gospel today where Jesus tells the person who is cured, "Don't tell anybody."