Posted by: livingscripture | November 23, 2009

Last Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 

She, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.

                                                      Luke 21, 4                                                     

 

How should we live this Word

 Jesus’ attentive gaze notices the poor widow as she put two small coins in the Temple treasury.  This gesture drew Jesus’ positive judgment on what she did.  At the same time, Jesus saw the rich people putting in their offering.  What difference is Jesus stressing here?  It is certainly not the amount.  It does not pertain to the exterior realm but to the interior.  The rich were wont to offer what was extra, as is typical of those who are very wealthy.  The woman, a poor widow, and therefore one who had no help in those times, gave God very little, but it was of great quality because she gave all she had to live on.

 This scene always seems new!  How intense is Jesus’ gaze and how enlightening are His words even for us today!  What counts are not appearances that can arouse wonder, approbation, or disdain.  What counts is in the depths of the person and is revealed in the courage to trust God without human calculations and fears. 

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will consider that poverty, solitude, and other deficits should no longer cause fear as I consign myself to God who will fill me with His riches.

 Lord, I ask You to keep me in an attitude that is free of demands and possessions.  Let me be rich only in Your love.

 The voice of Cyril of Alexandria, Church Father

 You wealthy do not offer in proportion to your possessions but simply that which you will never miss once you have given it away, something inconsequential in respect to your abundance.  The woman offered two coins of very little value, but she had nothing else other than that offering.  She has no more.  With empty but generous hands that gave the little she had, she went away from the treasure room.

 


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