Posted by: livingscripture | November 24, 2008

November 24, 2008 34 Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury; and he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins.  And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had’. 

  (Luke 21, 1-4)

How should we live this Word


Jesus is in the temple of Jerusalem.  He raises His eyes as an attentive observer and sees the rich throwing their money in the treasury box that gathered the offerings.  Conspicuous or measured?  The Gospel does not say.  It is not difficult for us to imagine a certain pomposity in the gesture, a kind of satisfied assurance, typical of those who have a lot and can permit themselves to shine as they give of their super-abundance.  But Jesus glance is above all for a ‘poor widow who put in two copper coins’.  Jesus makes the comparison;  the rich gave what was superfluous, the woman gave ‘all the living that she had’.


This is the point.  Let us recall that in those times, a poor, widowed woman was equivalent to saying the most miserable person who exists.  She is a poor woman who has lost her husband and thus lives a life of privation in dire poverty, thus, a human reject!  And yet, in that heart, faith springs forth and so she gives what she is and what she has.  This is what Jesus praises and communicates to us as a way of life.


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this scene that is so alive and so actual.  Even though I am not a widow and lacking little, there is still a radical poverty in me.  There is my existential reality that is redeemed of fears, uncertainties, discomfort if I put all that I have and all that I am in the Lord’s hands.


The Voice of Hèlder Camara, Bishop


Better than bread is its offering, its sharing.

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