Father Edward Hopkins, LC
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."
Introductory Prayer: 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?
2. A 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?
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?
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 your work!
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