Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:1-4
Optional Memorial of Saint Clement I, Pope and Martyr
Optional Memorial of Saint Columban, Abbot
Optional Memorial of Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, Priest and Martyr
Many times there is the pressure felt to tithe in church. Some parishioners are very generous, giving donations into the hundreds. Others are just scraping by to get the weekly ten dollars the parish asks for. Jesus questions in this story which person gave more to the treasury. When he said that the poor widow actually gave more, I’m sure some followers were confused. How could someone who had so little give so much? However, the fact that the widow gave out of her need and not out of her excess income showed that she gave more than the rich peoples’ offerings. The wealthy gave out of their extra, while the poor widow may have had to forego a meal in order to make the donation. Jesus tells us in this passage that since her sacrifice was greater, she gave more.
How do I give back to the church and to God? Am I like the wealthy follower who gives when I have extra money? Or am I like the widow, giving up something I needed in order to support Jesus’ mission?
Dear Jesus, help me give my time, talent, and treasure not only from my surplus, but also from my own needs. Let my sacrifices join your great sacrifice and help bring others in the world closer to you.
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Copyright 2015 Jennifer Gladen