“Let my prayer come before you, Lord; listen and answer me”
I might like to begin my prayer by lighting a candle or an incense stick, allowing the flame or smoke to remind me of God’s presence. I ask to be aware of my own needs and my response to injustice.
In the First Reading Elijah ,the prophet, represents God who hungers and thirsts for our response. The widow shares from the little she has and is repaid beyond her wildest imaginings. Sometimes God answers our deepest need through encounters with people who seek our assistance.
The Psalmist recognizes that God seeks to support, nourish and raise up those who are bowed down.
The Second Reading from Hebrews could remind us that we no longer need to scapegoat others because we are all loved and forgiven sinners.
In the Gospel we hear Jesus’ comments about those who seek to be noticed in their religious observance. We then see his reaction to a poor widow who offers her last coins. Her faith allows her to trust.