Jesus' famous commendation of the widow who gives everything is left out of the lectionary this week. Fortunately we hear it in Mark's year.
But some important verses are left out between last Sunday's reading from 2 Thessalonians and the reading from this coming Sunday:
"Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified everywhere, just as it is among you, 2and that we may be rescued from wicked and evil people; for not all have faith. 3But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. 4And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will go on doing the things that we command. 5May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ". - 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
I worry that we neglect out prayers for the spread of the Word of God. We wring our hands at the shrinking of our congregations and wonder, perhaps, if the Word has lost its edge. Perhaps, if we are honest, we worry if the Word of God has failed in our own hearts. Whatever our fears, we are invited to keep praying for the spread of the Word of the Lord - in our communities, in the world (perhaps especially in Asia in this season of mission in the global church!), and in our own hearts and bones.