Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:41-44)
Jesus is so delightful. Nothing escapes His notice….the story of the “widow’s mite” is a perfect example. He not only observed her with obvious love and kindness, but He deemed her example worthy of pointing out to His apostles…and to us.
When I think of this story, I believe that Jesus is speaking not only of money, but of everything we offer to God.
I know many people who have wonderful gifts of teaching and speaking and leadership and organization etc., who really make a difference in my parish and diocese. But, I’m not one of them. I don’t have those gifts.
It has always been that way. I was the quiet, compliant child who prayed that the teacher wouldn’t call on me, not because I didn’t know the answer, but because I knew my face would blush bright red as soon as I heard my name.
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