I get the point that Jesus makes in this Sunday’s Gospel. However, deep down I know I fall short in what He is saying. Check it out:
In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds, "Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation."
He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
"Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood." Mark 12:38-44
She gave from her poverty! All she had!! Her whole livelihood!!!
See what I mean?!? I can’t relate to what this woman has done. Ask yourself what is at the core of the woman’s giving? It is her motivation that matters. That is why Jesus contrasts her giving to that of the other contributors. They give but from a different place. Our world is oriented towards creature comforts. That makes it challenging to give in the same way this woman gave. Our perspectives have been altered by the world we live in. The question we must ask ourselves is if our hearts have been altered as well.
I believe that I can always give more and yet I don’t. Why is that? I don’t have a good answer. I need to give more! I admire Mother Teresa. Her words provide me with a guide:
“Give, but give until it hurts.” Blessed Teresa of Calcutta