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Readers’ Theatre: On Generosity

(This 3-voice readers’ theatre script draws on verses from Mark 10, 12 and 2 Corinthians 9.)

One: As Jesus started on his way,
a man ran up to him
and fell on his knees before him.

Two: Good teacher,
what must I do to inherit eternal life?

Three: Why do you call me good?
No one is good—except God alone.
You know the commandments:
‘You shall not murder,
you shall not commit adultery,
you shall not steal,
you shall not give false testimony,
you shall not defraud,
honor your father and mother.’”

Two: Teacher,
all these I have kept since I was a boy.

One: Jesus looked at him and loved him.

Three: One thing you lack.
Go, sell everything you have
and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.

One: At this the man’s face fell.
He went away sad,
because he had great wealth.

Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple
and watched as the crowds dropped in their money.
Many rich people put in large amounts.
Then a poor widow came
and dropped in two small coins.
Jesus called his disciples to him and said,

Three: I tell you the truth,
this poor widow has given more
than all the others who are making contributions.
For they gave a tiny part of their surplus,
but she, poor as she is,
has given everything she had to live on.

Two: Remember this:
Whoever sows sparingly
will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows generously
will also reap generously.

One: Each of you should give
what you have decided in your heart to give,
not reluctantly or under compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.

Three: And God is able to bless you abundantly,
so that in all things at all times,
having all that you need,
you will abound in every good work.

Two: Now he who supplies seed to the sower
and bread for food
will also supply and increase your store of seed
and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
You will be enriched in every way
so that you can be generous on every occasion,
and through us your generosity will result
in thanksgiving to God.

– Christine Longhurst, for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

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