Today’s gospel features Jesus shaming the wealthy with the example of a poor widow who charitably gave all that she had, while the rich put in offerings that came from their surplus.
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.”
I know that many of you are already practicing the charism of sacrificial giving. If you aren’t, the path to walk on is fairly well established. But let me take you on a slight detour from this well known biblical teaching. Substitute money in the passage and replace it with time and service. Do we give sacrificially of our time to serve the Lord? Do we serve others even when we have other priorities or tasks to attend to? Can we sacrifice our leisure and pleasure time when God calls upon us?
What acts of service are the equivalent of your last two small coins? Can you drop everything and give those coins to God?