Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 11-NOV-2018 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 25 – "... out of her poverty she has given everything" – The story of the "widow's mite" is more than a case study of the costly sacrificial giving of a widow donating her last few low-value coins to the temple – it also tells of Jeaus' condemnation of the corrupt religious system whose practicioners paraded themselves in pretentious robes, recited long prayers, donated impressive sums out of their considerable wealth, and at the same time exploited the poor and defenceless. The widow was a victim of an oppressive religious system – could it have been anger or despair that led her to put the last of her livelihood into the collection box? God has a desire and demand that justice be shown toward those who, for whatever reason, find themselves victims of need, poverty or exploitation. Thank God for the recent Australian Royal Commissions into banking and the institutional responses to childhood abuse.
Mark 12: 38-44

Playing Time   –   18:31