During the time of Elijah the rulers were wicked, morally weak, turning to idols and luxuries of the world. There was spiritual decline in the land. Elijah with the power of God stopped the dew and rain and the land dried up. This was to show the rulers and the people the power of God, to turn them back to God. During the drought, Elijah was desperate for food and water. He turned to a widow for a piece of bread and some water. In 1 Kings 17: 10-16, we see that she had only enough for herself and her son. However, she shared the little that she had left with Elijah first, as she trusted in what Elijah had said, “For the Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'” She and her son continued to survive as her jar of flour and jug of oil did not go empty as God had promised.
In Mark 12: 41-44, we see the same generous spirit in the poor widow who gave all she had, “two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.” This was in contrast to the rich who put in large amounts. Jesus was impressed by the widow’s generosity and pointed it out to his Disciples. What is our motive and means when we are giving to God? Why does Jesus encourage us to give generously? We must remember that we are on a journey here on earth. Our destination is eternal life to be with the Lord. When we lose track of our destination we tend to amass material wealth unnecessarily for our earthly life. When we live our life with the knowledge that we are here as God’s children, we work with him to build his kingdom and trust in his provisions for our needs.
On Saturday, 10/30/2021, St. Brigid had three Diaconate candidates installed as Lectors, the third year of their formation. Archbishop Gustavo was there to commemorate the service. Fr. Gilberto and Deacon Ruben were present at the celebration to congratulate John Trevino, Enrique Villegas and Mario Macias for advancing on their journey of transformation. These Disciples of Christ are sacrificing their lives in time, talent and treasure to serve our Lord in the Church and community. Their wives Linda, Blanca, and Monica are also self sacrificing and supportive as they too are on the journey being Disciples of Christ.
We hope, through their examples, here at St. Brigid, our parishioners will be encouraged to discern their spiritual journey in serving the Lord. We see the generous spirit in the widows’ trusting in God’s providence. The mysterious and generous power of God can be trusted. Pray, listen to the call of God in your lives. Answer God’s call. We encourage you to consider lives in Religious, Diaconate and Priestly vocations. The journey on this earth can be demanding, however it is full of joy and rich with blessings when we answer the call of the Lord.
God bless, and may His Holy Spirit be with each of you.
Diaconate Candidate 2025