Believers give good flavor and brightness to the world around them. How am I salt and light for the world?
These ten verses constitute a summary of what the Christian life is supposed to be: openness to God and generosity to our neighbor.
By her expression of total dependence on God the widow stands higher in the sight of God than all the big givers.
Jesus’ question seems intended not to explain things but to alert His hearers that there is more to Him and His mission than they might think.
If we love God we become like Him. If we are like Him, we will love His creatures--namely our neighbor.
Tobit and Sarah didn’t deny their situations, but rose above them to recognize the goodness of God.
We owe something to God because we have received from Him. We owe something to government because we receive services of various kinds from it.
Perhaps we could curb our desire to lash out against those who point out our faults and allow their words to sink into our hearts.
Jesus’ message is: pay attention to what you are called to do, and do it well.
Paul got to Rome and preached confidently to all who came to him. He was faithful to the mission he had received from Jesus.