This week onNovember 11th, a delicious breakfast provided by the Spanish-speaking community will again be served at Sacred Heart Church after the 9am and 12:15 pm Masses at the parish hall. All are invited.
"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."
Many a time people have asked me about a red dot worn by some Indian women in the middle of their foreheads. It is called “BINDI” in the Hindi language. It is worn by a married woman. However, she is not entitled to wear it if she is a widow. There are many other customs which an Indian widow needs to observe: she can’t wear a colorful sari, put flowers in her hair, wear colourful glass bangles on her wrists or wear earrings, but Jesus looks deeper. He looks at the eternal soul.
Some of these traditions are still observed by some widows in rural areas. Also, back in the early days, child marriages were arranged by the parents and if the boy died then the girl was considered a widow at a young age. Thank God, child marriage is now forbidden by law. A strong and well-established women’s rights movement has brought about substantial changes and has been working for the emancipation of women, especially that of widows.
Our Lord Jesus Christ always had compassion towards the widow. In this weekend’s Gospel He challenges the scribes, accusing them of unjust treatment towards widows. He exalts a widow who had only put two small coins, worth a few cents, in the collection box. She was poor, but offered everything she had. She contributed out of love and not out of abundance.
During Jesus’ contemporary times people looked down upon widows; whereas Jesus defended them against the corrupt practices of the scribes. He praises the widow in the Gospel reading for her generous heart. Jesus was a spiritual leader and at the same time he promoted justice and equality because everyone is created in His Father’s image.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus praises the widow for her generosity and presents her generous behavior to the scribes as an example to be followed. He wants them not to exploit the widows. We may not see such situations of mistreatment in our culture, but it is not the same in other corners of the world. There are still victims of unjust laws and human instituted practices that do not reflect God’s love, His Church and its spiritual life. Throughout the world widows continue to suffer atrocities of various kinds.
At the same time the spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ is active in many well-defined organized groups who tirelessly work for the rights of women and the protection of all human beings who are endowed with the dignity God has given them at the moment of conception and that is eternal. Our Lord is a true leader who walked His talk. Praise be the name of the Lord.
– Fr. Bernard D’Sa
On Saturday, December 1st, the Diocese of Santa Rosa will present a day of prayer and fellowship for all adults in the Diocese. The event will be held at St. Bernard Catholic School, 222 Dollison St., Eureka. The theme is “Called to be Holy Families”.
The day will begin at 9a.m. with Holy Mass by Bishop Robert F. Vasa. We welcome these excellent speakers Mother Teresa Christe, MSSR, Dn. Dance Farrell and Jesse Romero, M.A. This day is designed to bring spiritual nourishment to all Adults in the Diocese.
The event admission is early bird special is $10.00 each. And group rate of 4 or more is $8.00 each. Register by Nov. 26th. Or pay at the event/door $15.00 each.
You can download a pdf of the schedule by clicking here or by clicking on the link below.
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