Little Whispers

Her Name is Cora

First Reading
1 KGS 17:10-16
In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath.
As he arrived at the entrance of the city,
a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,
“Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.”
She left to get it, and he called out after her,
“Please bring along a bit of bread.”
She answered, “As the LORD, your God, lives,
I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jar
and a little oil in my jug.
Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks,
to go in and prepare something for myself and my son;
when we have eaten it, we shall die.”
Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid.
Go and do as you propose.
But first make me a little cake and bring it to me.
Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son.
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 left and did as Elijah had said.
She was able to eat for a year, and he and her son as well;
the jar of flour did not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
as the LORD had foretold through Elijah.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
the LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.

Second Reading
HEB 9:24-28
Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands,
a copy of the true one, but heaven itself,
that he might now appear before God on our behalf.
Not that he might offer himself repeatedly,
as the high priest enters each year into the sanctuary
with blood that is not his own;
if that were so, he would have had to suffer repeatedly
from the foundation of the world.
But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages
to take away sin by his sacrifice.
Just as it is appointed that human beings die once,
and after this the judgment, so also Christ,
offered once to take away the sins of many,
will appear a second time, not to take away sin
but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.

Gospel
MK 12:38-44
In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,
“Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation.”

He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood.”

Or

MK 12:41-44
Jesus sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood.”


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“She was able to eat for a year, and he and her son as well.” (1 Kings 17:15)

REFLECTION

(Republished from 2011, Godspeaks)

Her name is Cora. It happened several years ago.

Cora is a widow and a mother of three. One day she was told she was out of work, because they were going to close down the school she was working in.

It was her last day of work, and she did not know when or where she would get money for the rest of the week, much more for her kids’ baon to school, and tuition for the rest of the year.

In her hands, she held on to Php 3,000.00 – her last paycheck. Her hands shook when she thought of all the expenses at home. She had to put food on the table, give her kids money for school, she had tuition fees to think of. Aside from that, she had several debts to pay, utility bills that were long overdue. She shook, and tears fell down her cheeks. She knew what to do.

Crying to the Lord, she said; “Lord, I offer my life to you, everything I’ve been through, use it for your glory.” She offered all of her last paycheck to the Church. She went home that night instead with nothing in her pockets. That night, she told her kids, “kain muna kayo ng tirang ulam, at may kanin diyan. Bukas, magluluto ako.”

The next day, she received a call. A house and lot she was brokering for had a buyer. She went with the potential buyer that afternoon, and on the same day, it was sold. That night, she held in her hands money for food on the table, for her kid’s baon, for her kid’s tuition, for utility bills and for future expenses. She had more than enough for the next few months.

Several weeks later, she found herself another job, and slowly got back on her feet.

All three of her kids have now graduated. She is currently renovating her home to house a bigger family in the future, having her grandkids in mind. She still works in a school until now.

She still remembers that day. That day when she faced her darkest moment, that day when she turned to God and put all her trust in Him. She’s strong as a rock, because of Him.

Her name is Cora, and she is my mom.

Prayer

Lord, I offer my life to You. Everything I’ve been through. Use it for your glory.

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