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This Weeks Notes ~ Nov. 7, 2021

Sunday’s Gospel is concentrating on the question of truth. It’s about being true to who we are, rather than presenting an image of ourselves that we think makes us look good. The scribes Jesus refers in this passage, are not honest about who they are. But the widow who walks up, places the two small, almost worthless  coins into the treasury is not ashamed to let people see her for who she is.

Gospel: Mark 12:38-44 | Education Secretariat
The Widow’s Mite

Ask yourself these questions. Do you think too much about what others think of you? Does this influence your behavior? Am I ashamed of who I am? I sit for a while with Jesus and honestly look at my life. I ask Jesus for light and help to keep me in the truth.

Our age, even more than the time of Jesus, walked the earth, is so obsessed with image that it becomes a very  important feature for our leaders, even more than their message or vision. I listen to Jesus’ words which are such a real challenge to this culture, and to his warning to beware not to be taken in by these antics.
Jesus proclaims that the woman who put in two small copper coins had given more than all the rich people. In a very real way it is a summary of the whole Gospel, for God looks at the heart and its readiness to give generously. 
Ask yourself these questions:

Do I measure my worth by my external success, or am I free to look at my heart and be ready to be generous even in my poverty? I ask God to help me look at myself and at others as he looks at us.

Glory To God! Amen.
Join us on Sunday as we consider Mark 12:38-44.

“I don’t know how, but I know WHO!

Grace and Peace, Pastor Nelda

Dr. Nelda Barrett Murraine is pastor at First United Methodist Church – PO Box 146 – 229 W 4th St. Kennedale, TX 76060

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