Monday, November 25, 2013

The Widow's Offering--difficult or easy?: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, November 25th, 2013

            I’ve been wondering about the poor widow in the Gospel and her offering.  Specifically, was it difficult or easy for her to drop her two coins in the treasury?
            My first inclination was the former.  She gave everything she had, little as it was.  Where would she get food?  How would she provide for her sustenance, especially as a widow, which was very difficult in Jesus’ time?
            My second thought was to imagine this gift as an easy one for her to make.  In my own experience, it seems people who have less stuff have less distractions and a clearer vision of reality.  Could the widow have given all she had, trusting God would provide for her, without much hesitancy or doubt?  Could she have been so dedicated to God it was no big deal to give all she had?
            Either way, many of the rich probably didn’t notice her offer her two coins.  But Jesus did.

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