Jesus contrasts the behaviour of the rich people with a poor widow
In today’s Gospel, Jesus contrasts the behaviour of the rich people with a poor widow. He used the occasion of people depositing donations in the Temple treasury to point out to the disciples a very important lesson about true love. According to Jesus, it meant nothing for the people who had great wealth to give large amounts to the treasury. They were, in effect, given from what they had left over. In contrast, the poor widow who, though among the poorest, gave all she had to live on. We don’t know what became of her, but she had great trust to be able to share despite her uncertain future. Jesus tells us that she gave from the little she had. It was a real act of generosity, a real act of love.
How generous are we with our recourses, our time, our treasure, the gifts and talents that the Lord has bestowed on us? Christianity is about given back, sharing with those in need, loving our neighbour and trusting that God will take care of us. Sometimes our love can be a selfish love, we receive, but we don’t give anything back. Do we really TRUST in God’s providence for us? We must love in a spirit of sacrifice.
Mother Teresa touched so many hearts because she loved. She wrote in her book ‘Come be my Light’, “One day as she was walking down a street in London. And she saw a tall, thin man on the corner, all huddled up looking miserable. She went up to him, shook his hand, and asked him how he was. Then he looked up at me and said, “Oh! After such a long, long, long time I feel the warmth of a human hand!” And he sat up.
There was such a beautiful smile on his face, because somebody was kind to him. Just shaking his hand had made him feel like somebody. For me Mother Teresa said, he was Jesus in a distressing disguise. I gave him the joy of being loved, the feeling of being loved by somebody.
The Gospel challenges us to give more of ourselves out of love for the Lord and others.