34th Week in Ordinary Time

A poor widow donated all that she had to the temple treasury. Peter and Andrew earned their livelihood as fishermen, but Jesus called them to become “fishers of men.” As if the need to put food on the table weren’t worrisome enough, the Lord later spoke of calamities ranging from war and weather to persecutions and plagues. In scary times, people fear the end. The faithful can accept “not yet.” Do we have faith enough to get past our fears and find comfort in Jesus’ comparison of the Kingdom at hand to a fig tree blossoming with summer near?