Sister Mary Winifred

Sister Mary Winifred

(Site Administrator)
Our Lady of Mercy School - Hicksville

  Personal Message


Faith Formation takes place in three distinct places: the home, the parish, the educational component (school, religious education session, homeschooling). First, parents must be formed themselves in order to provide good solid formation 
in the home. Therefore parent meetings are held in the parish to assist the parents in their responsibility no matter where the child's education takes place. Second, parish activities are needed for all children every year in order to assist them in the development of a strong Catholic identity. These activities are based on and flow from participation in the Sunday Eucharist. Third, these include all parish seasonal events in the parish such as retreats, celebration of Reconciliation, outreach projects, and service projects in the parish. Our Lady of Mercy parish follows the curriculum and educational materials approved by the Diocese of Rockville Centre. 

November 11, 2018:  32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 12:38-44

In this week's Gospel Jesus talks about scribes and widows.  Scribes were male leaders within the Jewish community.  Unlike the majority of the population of the  first century, scribes were literate.  They were responsible for writing and copying official documents.  They also interpreted Scripture.

Widows were their opposite in society, usually lower class ad overlooked.  Upon a man's death, his assets primarily were distributed to his sons.  There was no social security for his widow, and women generally did not work outside the home.  Widows remained dependent upon their families, a situation that could leave them in financially precarious positions.

Jesus explains how scribes are viewed by society: they attract attention and places of honor.  Jesus also makes it clear that this is not necessarily good.  He begins his teaching on the scribes with the word beware.  He reveals that scribes "devour the houses of widows"  Devour comes from the words "eat down," a vivid description of how the scribes are consuming what little finances the widows have.  To justify this, the scribes "recite lengthy prayers."

Jesus makes it clear that what looks good on the outside - clothing, recognition, honor, long prayers - may really be disguising pride and greed.

Jesus then turns to the image of a destitute widow.  He sees wealthy Jews pour money into the Temple offerings, followed by a widow who gives the equivalence of "a few cents."  We might want to applaud the rich, for they are the ones who keep the budget balanced and help finance major projects!

But Jesus again calls us to look beneath the surface.  The rich were donating out of their excess, but the widow gave from her need.  God knows who has made the real sacrifice.

This is not to suggest that wealth or positions of leadership are bad.  But it does affirm the phrase, "all that glitters is not gold."  The Bible teaches that we need to be careful of how we achieve and use wealth and leadership.  It also cautions us against judging others based on external appearances.

ASK YOURSELF: ​ Are you doing what is expected only for show, so others can praise you?  Do you sometimes feel like a fake?  Have you been rejected despite doing the best you could?  Do you judge others?

LIVE THE GOSPEL:  This week try to do what is right because it is right and not for praise.

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