He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus notices a poor woman donating money to the temple treasury. She had little to give but gave anyway. I wonder what she sacrificed to make her donation. Did she skip a meal? Did she work a double-shift? Did her rent check bounce that month?
Jesus is calling us to give even when it is not easy. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week many of us will be with family and friends. We may be asked to give financially or in another way. Will I listen patiently to my father-in-law’s problems when I would rather watch football? Will I think of my unemployed neighbor and give her a gift card? What if a political discussion makes me angry? If my son asks me to read to him, will I make time to do so? Can I be like the poor widow? Can I give even if it is difficult or takes time from my busy schedule? Will my desire to be Christ-like be stronger that my own self-centeredness, impatience, and self-righteousness?
—Jerry Kinney teaches Spanish at Creighton Jesuit Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.
Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve:
to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward,
but that of knowing that I do your will.
—St. Ignatius Loyola