I delivered this sermon today at The Heritage Lifecare Community a senior living facility near Fort mason in San Francisco. It's shorter than most of my other sermons and I am probably somewhat louder and more intentional with my phrasing, because it is a senior living facility and they prefer a shorter sermon, and I wanted to be sure everyone could hear me. Today's gospel text s from Mark 13:1-13.
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As he taught, he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets!They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation."
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."
On face value, you might read this gospel reading and think, "Oh, how wonderful this good little widow is, putting all of her money into the offering and not thinking about herself at all."
This is especially true given the time in the year this reading happens to come for many churches, which is in the midst of their stewardship series.
"See if we would all just put everything we had into the basket and not worry about where things come from then the church wouldn't ever have to worry about its budget for the coming season and we would be able to do all the things we want to do; hire a secretary and a groundskeeper, have our own school, wire our own internet, hire a professional website developer."
Yes, it all sounds pretty good.