Gospel: Mark 12:38-44

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

In his teaching, Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, be greeted obsequiously in the market squares, and take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. These are the ones who swallow the property of widows, and offer lengthy prayers for the sake of appearance.  They will be judged all the more severely.”

Jesus sat down opposite the collection box and watched the people putting money in it, and many of the rich put in a great deal.  A poor widow came and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny.  Then Jesus called out to the disciples and said to them, “I tell you solemnly, this poor widow has put in more than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have put in money from their surplus, but she has put in everything she possessed from the little she had-all she had to live on.”

The Good News as spoken through Mark.

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