1 Kings 17:8-16 (Psalm 146); Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 | Semi-continuous first reading: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 (Psalm 127)
The story of the widow’s mite offers a profound contrast between two types of temple worshipers. But we often misinterpret the reason for Christ’s comparison. He is not preaching a lesson in personal piety and sacrificial giving—although pastors like to use this story during stewardship campaigns. It is critical that we hear instead an indictment of the preference we show to the rich and successful.