Oct 16, 2012

Readers' Theatre: Mark 12: 38-44


Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Mark 12:38-44, the gospel reading for Proper 27 B (Ordinary 32 B). It is set for two voices.

Readers’ Theatre: Mark 12:38-44

One:     Jesus continued to teach the people, saying:

Two:     Beware of these teachers of religious law!
            For they like to parade around in flowing robes
            and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. 
            And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues
            and the head table at banquets.
                Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property
            and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public.
            Because of this, they will be more severely punished.

One:     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, 

Two:     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.