Can I Be The Widow?

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.

Gospel – 6/6/20 – Mark 12:38-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said,
“Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext,
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation.”

He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood.”

Well, this Gospel is a hard Gospel – for me. I get, and accept, the warning not to think too much of ourselves – letting the trappings of this life define us.

Where I struggle – is struggling with money.

There was a time when I was very comfortable. Then, I chose ministry as my life. That changed my life.

I lost just about everything. I still have my children who love me. I have a roof over my head. I have two dogs and a cat who love me. Why? Because they aren’t humans with human entitlements.

But I have two very special friends who have been big supporters of me during this time. They know who they are and would be very upset if I mentioned names.

They are the widow. Neither are rich but both, without solicitation, have helped me in my financial struggles.

Why, then, is this Gospel so difficult for me? Because, where I find myself now, can I be the widow?

Have I given enough? Do I have more to give?

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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