the-widow-with-two-coins-by-emily-mineoWidows are the main characters of our Bible passages this Sunday. In the Book of Ruth we have Naomi and Ruth. Mark’s gospel lesson deals with the Widow’s Offering. Last week when we considered Ruth we acknowledged that she was an unlikely individual to be listed in the genealogy of Jesus. She is a woman and a foreigner, yet there she is. The message of the Bible continues to run counter to the assumptions of both the time it was written and remarkably to the world we read it in today.

This Sunday we look at three widows in two different situations. We will consider their tenacity, their generosity and their faithfulness.

Text: Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17 and Mark 12:38-44

Questions for Sunday

  • Describe Ruth’s faithfulness to Naomi
  • How does the widow’s offering in Mark’s gospel make you feel?

Prayer for Sunday

Gracious God, open my heart and open my mind to your teaching and your leading. Allow me to read your word with fresh ideas. Inspire me with your Holy Spirit to live a life of faith and generosity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.