James Derbyshire, Severeno Marino, Irene Harper
Denis Smyth, Ester Boland, Desmond Harris
Bill Edwards, Bernard Coipel, Joseph Brophy
Michael White, Kazimerez Matkowski
Derek Weller, Paddy Hoy, Mary Coyle
Mary Hamilton, Eddie Dunlea, Mary Scrapel
Jack Neale, Kathleen Pearl
Anna Byrne, Alice Simpson
May They Rest in Peace
The two small coins, the humble widow offered to God all that she had to live on. Jesus draws attention to this simple offering because it prefigured the offering of his own body and blood under the humble sacramental signs of the bread and wine. Jesus really gives himself to us in the Eucharist together with all that we need for life.
1 Kings 17:10-
This is a story about faith. Elijah and the widow are images of God and mankind. God offers himself wholly and makes great demands: the believer gives himself completely in response. By taking place in a pagan land, the Prophet’s encounter with the Sidonian widow implies that faith is indeed for all mankind not merely for the people of the Hebrews.
This reading poses the most pertinent of questions: is there really redemption from sin – the sin of the world and our own personal sin? Is there an answer to the world’s distress and our own also? There is, because one day on Golgotha a man, Jesus the Son of God, offered his life to overcome death in his own flesh.
In the Bible, a widow is portrayed as one for whom there is no provision; yet God shows his love and compassion for the lowly. Those who are unburdened by the distractions of wealth and power are more open to the call of faith and in their freedom can respond with generosity.
Bernadette Burke, Salvina Barber
Ann O’Connor, Rosamma Joseph
Richard Lamb, Jonathan Eley
Connie Hall, Gloria Soar, Annie Childs
Kevin Abedi, Wesley Leachman
Kim Nichol, Eileen Pinner
Bill Ford, Mary May
Rachel Rizzo, Enzo Antonella Rizzo
Mary Mullins, Michael Clements
In Neighbouring Parishes
1 Kings 17:10-
'Jar of meal shall not be spent, jug of oil shall not be emptied'. Elijah the Prophet went off to Sidon. And when he reached the city gate, there was a widow gathering sticks; addressing her he said, ‘Please bring me a little water in a vessel for me to drink.’ She was setting off to bring it when he called after her. ‘Please’ he said ‘bring me a scrap of bread in your hand.’ ‘As the Lord your God lives,’ she replied ‘I have no baked bread, but only a handful of meal in a jar and a little oil in a jug; I am just gathering a stick or two to go and prepare this for myself and my son to eat, and then we shall die.’ But Elijah said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, go and do as you have said; but first make a little scone of it for me and bring it to me, and then make some for yourself and for your son. For thus the Lord speaks, the God of Israel: “Jar of meal shall not be spent, jug of oil shall not be emptied, before the day when the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.”’ The woman went and did as Elijah told her and they ate the food, she, himself and her son. The jar of meal was not spent nor the jug of oil emptied, just as the Lord had foretold through Elijah.
Christ, our high priest, has done away with sin by sacrificing himself. It is not as though Christ had entered a man-
This poor widow has put in more than all. In his teaching Jesus said, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted obsequiously in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets; these are the men who swallow the property of widows, while making a show of lengthy prayers. The more severe will be the sentence they receive.’ He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the treasury, and many of the rich put in a great deal. A poor widow came and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘I tell you solemnly, this poor widow has put more in than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.’
Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 11th November