Thoughts and Reflection
Today we read about a widow that only gives two small coins. Jesus praises her saying it is not how much we give, but how much we love. We are all called to give God the first fruits of our time, talent, and treasure. Here we are called to give him our “final” fruits. This highlights that our entire lives are meant to be his.
In Luke 22:31 we hear Jesus tell Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.” This is the exact role of the Pope in the church.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 Now it happened that one day while he was teaching the people in the Temple and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the scribes came up, together with the elders,
2 and spoke to him. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘what authority have you for acting like this? Or who gives you this authority?’
3 In reply he said to them, ‘And I will ask you a question, just one. Tell me:
4 John’s baptism: what was its origin, heavenly or human?’
5 And they debated this way among themselves, ‘If we say heavenly, he will retort, “Why did you refuse to believe him?”;
6 and if we say human, the whole people will stone us, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.’
7 So their reply was that they did not know where it came from.
8 And Jesus said to them, ‘Nor will I tell you my authority for acting like this.’
9 And he went on to tell the people this parable, ‘A man planted a vineyard and leased it to tenants, and went abroad for a long while.
10 When the right time came, he sent a servant to the tenants to get his share of the produce of the vineyard. But the tenants thrashed him, and sent him away empty-handed.
11 But he went on to send a second servant; they thrashed him too and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed.
12 He still went on to send a third; they wounded this one too, and threw him out.
13 Then the owner of the vineyard thought, “What am I to do? I will send them my own beloved son. Perhaps they will respect him.”
14 But when the tenants saw him they put their heads together saying, “This is the heir, let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.”
15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. ‘Now what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
16 He will come and make an end of these tenants and give the vineyard to others.’ Hearing this they said, ‘God forbid!’
17 But he looked hard at them and said, ‘Then what does this text in the scriptures mean: The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone?
18 Anyone who falls on that stone will be dashed to pieces; anyone it falls on will be crushed.’
19 And the scribes and the chief priests would have liked to lay hands on him that very moment, because they realised that this parable was aimed at them, but they were afraid of the people.
20 So they awaited their opportunity and sent agents to pose as upright men, and to catch him out in something he might say and so enable them to hand him over to the jurisdiction and authority of the governor.
21 They put to him this question, ‘Master, we know that you say and teach what is right; you favour no one, but teach the way of God in all honesty.
22 Is it permissible for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’
23 But he was aware of their cunning and said,
24 ‘Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and title are on it?’ They said, ‘Caesar’s.’
25 He said to them, ‘Well then, pay Caesar what belongs to Caesar — and God what belongs to God.’
26 They were unable to catch him out in anything he had to say in public; they were amazed at his answer and were silenced.
27 Some Sadducees — those who argue that there is no resurrection — approached him and they put this question to him,
28 ‘Master, Moses prescribed for us, if a man’s married brother dies childless, the man must marry the widow to raise up children for his brother.
29 Well then, there were seven brothers; the first, having married a wife, died childless.
30 The second
31 and then the third married the widow. And the same with all seven, they died leaving no children.
32 Finally the woman herself died.
33 Now, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be, since she had been married to all seven?’
34 Jesus replied, ‘The children of this world take wives and husbands,
35 but those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world and in the resurrection from the dead do not marry
36 because they can no longer die, for they are the same as the angels, and being children of the resurrection they are children of God.
37 And Moses himself implies that the dead rise again, in the passage about the bush where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.
38 Now he is God, not of the dead, but of the living; for to him everyone is alive.’
39 Some scribes then spoke up. They said, ‘Well put, Master.’
40 They did not dare to ask him any more questions.
41 He then said to them, ‘How can people maintain that the Christ is son of David?
42 Why, David himself says in the Book of Psalms: The Lord declared to my Lord, take your seat at my right hand,
43 till I have made your enemies your footstool.
44 David here calls him Lord; how then can he be his son?’
45 While all the people were listening he said to the disciples,
46 ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes and love to be greeted respectfully in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets,
47 who devour the property of widows, and for show offer long prayers. The more severe will be the sentence they receive.’
1 Looking up, he saw rich people putting their offerings into the treasury;
2 and he noticed a poverty-stricken widow putting in two small coins,
3 and he said, ‘I tell you truly, this poor widow has put in more than any of them;
4 for these have all put in money they could spare, but she in her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’
5 When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, he said,
6 ‘All these things you are staring at now — the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another; everything will be destroyed.’
7 And they put to him this question, ‘Master,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, then, and what sign will there be that it is about to take place?’
8 But he said, ‘Take care not to be deceived, because many will come using my name and saying, “I am the one” and “The time is near at hand.” Refuse to join them.
9 And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be terrified, for this is something that must happen first, but the end will not come at once.’
10 Then he said to them, ‘Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
11 There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines in various places; there will be terrifying events and great signs from heaven.
12 ‘But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you will be handed over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name
13 -and that will be your opportunity to bear witness.
14 Make up your minds not to prepare your defence,
15 because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict.
16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death.
17 You will be hated universally on account of my name,
18 but not a hair of your head will be lost.
19 Your perseverance will win you your lives.
20 ‘When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you must realise that it will soon be laid desolate.
21 Then those in Judaea must escape to the mountains, those inside the city must leave it, and those in country districts must not take refuge in it.
22 For this is the time of retribution when all that scripture says must be fulfilled.
23 Alas for those with child, or with babies at the breast, when those days come!
24 ‘For great misery will descend on the land and retribution on this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive to every gentile country; and Jerusalem will be trampled down by the gentiles until their time is complete.
25 ‘There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the turmoil of the ocean and its waves;
26 men fainting away with terror and fear at what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.
27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.’
29 And he told them a parable, ‘Look at the fig tree and indeed every tree.
30 As soon as you see them bud, you can see for yourselves that summer is now near.
31 So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near.
32 In truth I tell you, before this generation has passed away all will have taken place.
33 Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34 ‘Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened by debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will come upon you unexpectedly,
35 like a trap. For it will come down on all those living on the face of the earth.
36 Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to hold your ground before the Son of man.’
37 All day long he would be in the Temple teaching, but would spend the night in the open on the hill called the Mount of Olives.
38 And from early morning the people thronged to him in the Temple to listen to him.
1 The feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was now drawing near,
2 and the chief priests and the scribes were looking for some way of doing away with him, because they were afraid of the people.
3 Then Satan entered into Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve.
4 He approached the chief priests and the officers of the guard to discuss some way of handing Jesus over to them.
5 They were delighted and agreed to give him money.
6 He accepted and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them without people knowing about it.
7 The day of Unleavened Bread came round, on which the Passover had to be sacrificed,
8 and he sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and make the preparations for us to eat the Passover.’
9 They asked him, ‘Where do you want us to prepare it?’
10 He said to them, ‘Look, as you go into the city you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him into the house he enters
11 and tell the owner of the house, “The Master says this to you: Where is the room for me to eat the Passover with my disciples?”
12 The man will show you a large upper room furnished with couches. Make the preparations there.’
13 They set off and found everything as he had told them and prepared the Passover.
14 When the time came he took his place at table, and the apostles with him.
15 And he said to them, ‘I have ardently longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;
16 because, I tell you, I shall not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’
17 Then, taking a cup, he gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and share it among you,
18 because from now on, I tell you, I shall never again drink wine until the kingdom of God comes.’
19 Then he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’
20 He did the same with the cup after supper, and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood poured out for you.
21 ‘But look, here with me on the table is the hand of the man who is betraying me.
22 The Son of man is indeed on the path which was decreed, but alas for that man by whom he is betrayed!’
23 And they began to ask one another which of them it could be who was to do this.
24 An argument also began between them about who should be reckoned the greatest;
25 but he said to them, ‘Among the gentiles it is the kings who lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are given the title Benefactor.
26 With you this must not happen. No; the greatest among you must behave as if he were the youngest, the leader as if he were the one who serves.
27 For who is the greater: the one at table or the one who serves? The one at table, surely? Yet here am I among you as one who serves!
28 ‘You are the men who have stood by me faithfully in my trials;
29 and now I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father conferred one on me:
30 you will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
31 ‘Simon, Simon! Look, Satan has got his wish to sift you all like wheat;
32 but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail, and once you have recovered, you in your turn must strengthen your brothers.’
33 ‘Lord,’ he answered, ‘I would be ready to go to prison with you, and to death.’
34 Jesus replied, ‘I tell you, Peter, by the time the cock crows today you will have denied three times that you know me.’
35 He said to them, ‘When I sent you out without purse or haversack or sandals, were you short of anything?’
36 ‘No, nothing,’ they said. He said to them, ‘But now if you have a purse, take it, and the same with a haversack; if you have no sword, sell your cloak and buy one,
37 because I tell you these words of scripture are destined to be fulfilled in me: He was counted as one of the rebellious. Yes, what it says about me is even now reaching its fulfilment.’
38 They said, ‘Lord, here are two swords.’ He said to them, ‘That is enough!’
17 He takes a stray dog by the ears, who meddles in someone else’s quarrel.
18 Like a madman hurling firebrands, arrows and death,
19 so is anyone who lies to a companion and then says, ‘Aren’t I amusing?’