Prayer: Dear God, what I have I will give thee. Amen
Reading: Mark 12: 38-44 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Today's text begins with Jesus putting down the Scribes as pompous with their fancy clothes worn in public display and ends with him lifting up a poor woman with her two copper coins given in faithfulness. I have heard both parts before but reading them together really makes a point. Think about it. Scribes lived off the gifts of supporters such as poor widows. Jesus even says they devour widows' houses.
Yet, she gave what she could and more, faithful and trusting. The poor are an easy target. Those who take advantage of that receive condemnation. Beware of them. Yes, beware. And know your gifts given are seen by God and are much more than it might seem. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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