Today’s Gospel (Luke 21:1-4):
‘As Jesus looked up, he saw rich people putting their offerings into the treasury; then he happened to notice a poverty-stricken widow putting in two small coins, and he said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow has put in more than any of them; for these have all contributed money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in all she had to live on.”’
A real lesson in charity is contained within this Gospel passage! The poor widow gives everything she has to others. How hard that is for us today; to give up everything. How hard it is even to give over a little more than we usually do! Yet this widow shows the way.
Consider, for a moment, what this Gospel might mean in a spiritual sense. Setting aside the financial implications of the reading there is a considerable faith on show from the poor widow. It’s almost as if she is giving everything over to God, leaving nothing for herself. It is complete trust in the Father; a total giving over of the self to the Creator to allow Him to take over and take care of her needs. What else do we truly need?
And how often do we see this in our daily lives; the poorest in society with great faith? It is very evident. Why? Because they have been forced down a route where they have to completely trust in God’s love and mercy. Rejected by others and, in some case by their own loved ones, they only have one place to turn to. It’s a lesson to us all.