THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WIDOW’S MITE - 3
November 24, 2014
Today’s gospel: Luke 21:1-4
The Holy Spirit included this story of the poor widow’s
contribution in order to challenge us who are not as poor
as this widow. Though there are very many poor people in the
world, not many as are poor as this widow, who only had “two
small coins” (v.2). Widows then had to fend for themselves,
and they had no one to support them. By giving “from
her poverty,” she “offered her whole livelihood”
(v.4b), forgoing even the very little that she had.
what? In order to give honor to God. What she put in would
not have materially affected the temple treasury, but what
she really put in was her whole self, her whole heart, manifesting
a total commitment to God that transcended self. She certainly
was not self-referential. She was self-sacrificing, unlike
most of us.
Many of us are more like the “wealthy people putting
their offerings into the treasury” (v.1). Though few
of us are wealthy, we certainly have enough, perhaps even
more than enough. But do we give to God and to His Church
what is their due? Do we even “make offerings from (our)
surplus wealth” (v.4a)? Or do we keep all, if not most,
of what God has entrusted to us to ourselves?
calls us to give our all. When it comes to money, the gold
standard is the poor widow. Whenever we give our pittance,
or we do not give anything or much at all, we must listen
to what the Lord Himself will tell us: “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in more than all the rest” (v.3).