When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people
putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a
poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, "I
tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than
all the rest; for those others have all made offerings
from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has
offered her whole livelihood."
Dear Jesus, I believe that you have blessed me with
life and with a vibrant faith. Thank you. I dedicate
this time and prayer to you. I love you, and
I offer you all that I am and all that
I have with the desire of becoming a joyful gift
Petition: Lord, teach me
to share joyfully all that I have received!
1. Some Wealthy People: Jesus sat before the
temple treasury. What did Jesus see as he looked on?
He saw more than we do. He saw the heart.
Wealth tends to captivate us with desire and enslave us
with concerns and worries. Jesus saw many hearts squeeze out
just a couple drops of their abundant security, a gesture
that was neither painful nor difficult. The act of fulfilling,
or thinking they were fulfilling a duty to God, caused
them to glow with self-satisfaction. Some even were bloated with
pride for having given so much, and yet their act
was empty of real self-giving. They gave with routine indifference.
Their giving lacked love. What does Jesus see in my
daily or weekly gifts? Do I generously give God my
all when I see him on the altar? Do I
generously give him my all when I am on my
knees in prayer? Do I give him my all on
my feet at work?
Poor Widow: Only Jesus could have seen that this widow
was now reduced to total dependence on family or friends.
She gave more because she gave herself with a heart
full of surrender. Is there anything we can give God
that he has not already given us? We can give
God our trustful surrender. The poor widow gave to God
with trust since she knew that he would continue to
care for her. She had no other real desire but
to be with him and be enriched by him. Her
giving was serene and resigned, not despairing, but rather full
of hope. She had the hope of one who knows
deep down how much God loves her. How much do
I trust and depend on him, particularly when other securities
begin to disappear?
3. Offering My
Whole Life: Jesus shows the great importance of how we
give—not only of what we give. What we have—our possessions
and those, which in some way we have made our
own—are not for us. We have them so that we
might give them, and we should give them back to
God, for they are his. We give them as an
expression of our love for God. I give my life
when I work diligently, practice charity, pray, or sacrifice for
love of Christ. All these acts of love, if not
made explicit before, are made into an intentional gift to
Jesus, when I mentally place them upon the paten along
with the hosts to be consecrated during the Offertory at
Mass. Do I give him my whole life?
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, awaken me to
all you are for me, and let me realize all
that you have given me. May I never cease to
thank you through my own self-giving. You are my living
and constant invitation to be more generous, to give more
often and with more love. Open my heart, Lord, to
Resolution: In prayer,
I will make a list of all that I can
do for Jesus this week and offer this to him.
Then, on Sunday during the Offertory, I will mentally place
before him on the paten all the sacrifices I have
made during the week—my real gift to him, given with
faith and love.
By Father Edward