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For the Ride Home
by Ted Bergh
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
November 8, 2009
Scripture
•The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry… (1 Kings 17:14)
•Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, a copy of the true one, but heaven itself… (Hebrews 9:24)
•For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty. (Mark 12:44)
 
Reflection
•Have you ever felt called to do something by God?
•Have you ever thought that you should put your best talents and significant effort to a worthy but unprofitable cause?
•Have you ever devoted effort that did not return a direct benefit to you and, in fact, may have cost you opportunity or personal gain?
•Have you sacrificed your lifestyle for a cause that others thought was a waste of your time and ability?

Middle class rich boy that I was, I never would have thought that it would be the poor who would be my salvation. Owing to the upbringing that I had received at my mother’s hands, as well as the attitude of the church I had been attending up until that time, I had always thought that it was the rich and well-to-do who would be the ones to rescue the poor. The latter depended on us, and our generosity was their salvation. Without us they would have been destined to death.

What blindness was ours and mine! The truth was just the contrary, and now life was demonstrating this to me. It was the poor who would be my salvation, and not I theirs.1



1Carretto, Carlo, I, Francis, Orbis, Maryknoll: NY, 2004, P. 8.
 

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