Posted by: livingscripture | November 22, 2010

Thirty Fourth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

Jesus 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.

                                                     Luke 21: 3-4 

How should we live this Word 

With the word ‘truly’, Jesus anticipates and stresses the importance of the words He is about to pronounce.  They are the expression of that clear gaze on persons and events that penetrates deeply, going way beyond their exterior appearance.  

Jesus is in the Temple of Jerusalem and notices the contrast between two opposites.  On the one hand there are the rich who drop their money noisily into the Temple treasury.  On the other hand there is the poor widow who puts in two small coins.  Substantially, the woman gave the Lord all she possessed.  The wealthy, instead, didn’t even give their entire surplus but only a part of it. 

The scene is striking in its simplicity because it is sealed with Jesus’ words.  He exalts the deep meaning of life when it is the total gift of self in truth.  He condemns the existential lie of those who pretend to give when in reality they give nothing at all.  This takes on even more meaning if we keep in mind the context of this scene.  It is Jesus’ last visit to the Temple of Jerusalem and He has gone there for the sole purpose of giving His life as the supreme gift of Himself.                                                            

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask myself if my life is like Jesus in the totality of my self-giving or have I strayed onto other roads.

Jesus, make me free and true like the poor woman.  Help me understand and experience the joy of those who give all they have. 

The voice of Margaret Seemann, German Author

To take fills the hands; to give fills the heart.


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