Denunciation of the Scribes and The Poor Widow’s Contribution

November 7, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

1 KGS 17:10-16 PS 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 HEB 9:24-28

Explore the Sunday Gospel


MK 12:38-44 or 12:41-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,

"Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes

and accept greetings in the marketplaces,

seats of honor in synagogues,

and places of honor at banquets.

They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext

recite lengthy prayers.

They will receive a very severe condemnation."

He sat down opposite the treasury

and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.

Many rich people put in large sums.

A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.

Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,

"Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more

than all the other contributors to the treasury.

For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,

but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,

her whole livelihood."


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St. Andrew Dung Lac (and the Vietnamese Martyrs) (Feast Day November 24) 

1795 – December 21, 1839 

St. Andrew Dung Lac was born in Vietnam in 1785. He was born with the name Trần An Dũng but took the name Andrew at his baptism. He was a Catholic convert. Desiring to serve the Church and his country by ministering to the Vietnamese people, he became a Catholic priest and then a missionary for the promulgation of the faith. During persecution, Andrew Dũng changed his name to Lạc to avoid capture, and thus he is memorialized as Andrew Dũng-Lạc. He was one of 117 people martyred in Vietnam between 1820 and 1862. Members of the companions group gave their lives for Christ in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and received beatification during four different occasions between 1900 and 1951. All were canonized during the papacy of St. John Paul II. 


In the generations that preceded Andrew’s missionary work, Christianity did not spread peacefully throughout Vietnam. The first Portuguese missionary arrived in 1533. Many more followed, including the Dominican and Jesuit orders, but they were met with violent resistance at the hands of various political regimes. Waves of terror and torture were inflicted on all those who dared to carry the faith to the people of Vietnam, and thousands of Catholics and other Christians were murdered for their zeal.


Take time to chat

  • What is the difference between how the Scribes behaved vs. how the poor widow behaved in today’s Gospel? What can we learn from this?
  • Do you know someone who displays the virtue of humility? Tell a story about that person and why you admire him or her.
  • Why is it important to contribute to the needs of the Church by sharing our time, talent and treasure?
  • In what way did St. Andrew Dung Lac contribute to the Church in Vietnam?


Recipe of the week

Pumpkin Muffins

In honor of the widow’s contribution of two coins, make this simple seasonal two-ingredient recipe.

1 spice cake mix

1 can pure pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie filling)

Mix ingredients well. Preheat oven to 350 F. Put cupcake holders in muffin tin or spray muffin tin to prevent sticking. Fill each muffin well ½ to 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clear. Let cool and enjoy!


Family Fun

Thankful Bunting

Start preparing for Thanksgiving by taking on an attitude of gratitude! Gratitude increases our overall happiness, helps us to be less self-centered, and helps us to be the people God calls us to be. Reflecting on what you are thankful for is a great way for your family to cultivate a generous spirit and a sense of contentment. Collect all of your family’s sentiments of gratitude and make a thankful bunting (a string of colorful triangular flags) today. Here’s what you’ll need:

Sturdy white paper, such as cardstock or watercolor paper



Black permanent markers, such as Sharpies


(Optional) Sewing machine

Instructions: First, cut your paper into triangles big enough to draw and write on. Cover your work surface to protect it from the paint/markers. Next, tape a series of triangles down on your work surface, to hold them in place. Invite family members to draw pictures and/or write words of the things they are thankful for. Then color the images with paint, markers, or crayons. Once finished, remove the tape. Arrange the triangles and sew them together into one long bunting. If you don’t have a sewing machine, use a hole punch to punch holes in the top corners of each triangle, then weave yarn through all the holes to string them all together. Finally, hang your new thankful bunting up where everyone can see it!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer for Vocations

Loving and Generous God,

it is you who call us by name

and ask us to follow you.

Help us to grow in the love

and service of our Church

as we experience it today.

Give us the energy and courage

of your Spirit

to shape its future

Grant us faith-filled leaders

who will embrace Christ's mission

of love and justice.

Bless our domestic Church and larger community

by raising up dedicated and generous leaders

from our families and friends

who will serve your people as Sisters,

Priests, Brothers, Deacons and Lay Ministers

through marriage or the single life.

Inspire us to know you better

and open our hearts

to hear your call.

We ask this through our Lord.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

At what point during Mass do we make contributions to the church? What do we contribute?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Practice the virtue of humility by being mindful not to brag or talk about yourself excessively this week.

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Fun Facts!

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The first full week of November is National Vocation Awareness Week. Take time this week to ask God how he is calling you to serve his Church. Also, pray for those discerning the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life.