Gospel – November 25, 2019 – Luke 21:1-4
When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people
putting their offerings into the treasury
and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.
He said, “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in more than all the rest;
for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”
Have you ever sat in a place and just watched what was going on around you? You get a pretty good idea of who people are. Those who are in a hurry, those who want to be left alone, those who are seeking communion with others and those who go out of their way to be nice and share their joy of life.
Today, in the temple Jesus is observing what’s going on and he sees the wealthy step up and put their offerings in the basket. I can imagine that some placed significant monies into that collection.
Then he sees the widow come and place her two small coins into the collection.
He doesn’t criticize what the rich were giving but points out how easy it was for them to give what they gave. There was no “pain” to what they offered.
But he praises the widow for her tiny offering because for her it was everything. She knew the pain of offering all she had.
What a wonderful lesson to me about giving until it hurts. While i give, I’m not always good about the hurting part. The world can be demanding and I have to make sure the bills are paid and I have gas to get back and forth. After that . . . too often that’s where God gets his.
But this isn’t just about money. Time, talent and treasure. What are we giving?
I’m not wealthy but the widow today tells me I’m not giving what I should. I’m giving what I’m willing.
Where do you find yourself?
At least that’s what I heard Him say…