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The poor widow’s contribution

REFLECTIONS TODAY

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LUKE 21:1-4

reflectionstodayWhen 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.”

REFLECTION

THIS POOR WIDOW PUT IN MORE. Jesus commends the widow for being generous. She gives to the temple treasury her two copper coins that she needs to survive the day. She offers not just a token but the whole of her life. The copper coins are not of high value, unlike the gold or silver coins minted in Rome. This inferior metal was allowed by the Romans to be minted for local use.

Wealthy people put in large sums, which make the Sadducees and the priests in the Temple happy. They give much without endangering their finances. It is just like casual giving or dropping some tokens of appreciation for building maintenance and its personnel when on a pilgrimage.

God is not interested in the quantity, which is highly commendable for us humans, but in our heart and our total condition when we are giving. God appreciates the small gestures of the poor. The poor can teach us total sacrifice. They fast when food is scarce. They give the crumbs they collect for their children to survive.

If we want God’s approval, let us give till it hurts. We cannot get it by keeping God’s blessings to ourselves or by being stingy or by giving because it is tax deductible.

Let us be generous according to our capacity. It is acceptable to God for us to be generous even to a fault.

SOURCE: “365 Days with the Lord 2018,” ST. PAULS Philippines, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail: books@stpauls.ph; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

 

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