Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 07-NOV-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 24 – "... out of her poverty she has given everything" – The sermon takes another look at the story of the widow's offering, when Jesus saw a destitute widow donating the very last of her money, just two small copper coins, to the temple treasury. Jesus called his disciples to him and told them that what the widow had donated was far more valuable than any amount of cash that the wealthy had been shovelling in, because she had given everything she owned while the super rich would hardly have noticed the difference. The story is often repeated for Stewardship Sunday sermons to encourage congregations to dig deep into their wallets, purses and bank accounts. But there is another way of looking at it. Just before this incident, Jesus had been out in the temple courts telling an appreciative audience about certain religious leaders who, among other things, "devoured widows' houses". This particular widow would have been one of their victims. Widows had no property rights and had to be placed under the legal guardianship of powerful religious authorities. The system was corrupt, and everything held in trust for a widow could simply disappear, leaving her homeless and destitute. It is not so long ago that the same situations were happening in Australia. Jesus was identifying that widow not so much as an example of devotion, but rather as a victim of a corrupt religious system. When such things are happening, we need to try to work our way up to the top of the system and find the reason for the suffering that surrounds us.
Mark 12: 38-44

Playing Time   –   18:35