In today’s Gospel proclamation, Jesus was in the area of the Temple called the Court of Women. In this area were seven boxes in which worshippers could deposit their Temple tax and six boxes for freewill offerings. In contrast to how most of us handle our money, this widow gave all she had to live on.
When we consider ourselves generous in giving a small percentage of our income to the Lord, we resemble those who gave “a tiny part of their surplus.” Here, Jesus admired the woman’s generous and sacrificial giving. As believers, we should consider increasing our giving – whether money, time, or talents to a point beyond mere convenience or comfort. This widow was not only poor but had few resources for making money. Her small gift was a sacrifice, but she gave it willingly. I think we have all been in this woman’s position. A few times when I had to make offerings to the Lord, I did not have much, but I gave all I could. To my surprise there was always a bonus blessing to follow. Most importantly the Lord sees our hearts.
Prayer: Abba Father, I desire to give myself completely to you. Amen.