Today’s Thoughts: Sorry that I am a little late with my reflections today. Just one of those days when I am moving a little slower than usual…
In our Gospel, today Jesus challenges us with a condition for evaluating our accomplishments. As you listen to the words of Jesus, note his observation of today’s Gospel scene. Jesus speaks to the procession of people in line to contribute to the temple treasury. He singles out a poor widow. What does he say about her?
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”
Jesus’ point is that the significance of the contributions is based not on the amount, how much is given, but on the quality of heart inspiring the contribution. In other words, for Jesus, it is the love and the self-sacrifice that makes all the difference. It is the willingness to let go and trust in God brings great value to the simple offering of the poor widow. She has everything to lose, the others don’t and that is what makes all the difference.
Perhaps today, we Catholics, we Christians need to ask ourselves, are we willing to let go and let God? Do we base achievements and success on how much or on what sacrifice is made for the good of others and God? Do we give from our heart or from our disposable income? In other words, whose Kingdom do our daily activities serve? Do they serve God’s kingdom or our own?
Have a great Saturday everyone!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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