Two of Merlyn's daughters, members of our church, asked me to visit their mom as the end of her five-month battle with cancer drew near. Merlyn was 72, and her life had not been easy. She was widowed at 43 and raised her four children by herself. When I came to see her, she was alone, lying in bed by the window in the back room of the house. One of her daughters introduced me and left.
Season after Pentecost | 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Isaiah 50:4-9a (Psalm 116:1-9 or Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-8:1); James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38 | Semi-continuous first reading: Proverbs 1:20-33 (Psalm 19)