Hope all’s well.
I would encourage you, when you get a chance, to get a read though the most recent Pastoral Letter which the Bishops issued yesterday concerning the preparations for the reopening of churches. It’s available at BCOS.org.uk It’s also worth you getting a read through all the guidelines, just to keep you informed and up to date.
Our parish’s working group is very much focused on the preparations for the safe reopening of St Andrew’s and we’ll keep you fully informed throughout the coming weeks.
It’s good to see some bright signs regarding our church doors opening again.
Today’s gospel is a good one for placing yourself in as an onlooker.
It’s the one about the poor widow putting in two small coins in the collection plate.
Be the onlooker in the gospel scene.
Be near Jesus who sat opposite the treasury.
What do you see? What do you hear?
How busy is it? Noisy?
Who’s putting in what?
How does the poor widow look?
What do the Scribes look like with their fancy robes and always wanting the best seats?
How do the disciples look when they’re listening to Jesus?
What do you hear Jesus saying to them?
The rich may have put in loads of money, but the poor widow put in more than all the others.
The rich gave from their surplus. The poor widow - she gave from her poverty.
She is completely and totally unselfish.
It’s a lesson on what we’re all called to be - to give ourselves totally. It might be the giving of our full attention. It might be our full assistance to someone in need. It might be the giving selflessly of our time to another or to God in prayer. Or it may be giving materially and making a sacrifice. All such giving is being Christ like. The poor widow was Christ like.
Just to say, it will be an audio few words tomorrow
Have a safe and happy Saturday