r Letter From Eastie: Jesus Dislikes Hypocrites.
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Saturday, November 06, 2004

Jesus Dislikes Hypocrites.

Having established that I am in fact a Christian, I thought that I would cash in on the Jesus-chic and provide my readers with some Bible study. The title of my course is "Jesus Dislikes Hypocrites."

Lesson #1 "The Story of the Widows Mite" Mark 12: 38-44 (For those of you without the benefit of 9 years of Catholic School that's the Book of Mark, Chapter 12, Verses 38-44)

In the course of his teaching he [Jesus] said, "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."
Source: New American Bible (Online), United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Web Site.


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