From tomorrow's Gospel reading...

Jesus said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation." (Mark 12.38-40)
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There is a shorter option in the lectionary that omits this whole section, and includes only Mark 12.41-44.

I can't help but wonder if the verses quoted here are optional because they hit a little too close to home for some people...


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