But she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.

Today’s Gospel reading tells of Jesus affirming the offering of a poor widow, who gave from her whole livelihood, not just what was surplus wealth. The teaching here is about self-sacrifice, renunciation, faith and commitment. How much it is against what our culture—our logic even—tells us to do!

Jesus commended the widow who put two copper coins into the temple treasury because in so doing she gave her whole life. This is the exact translation of Luke 21:4. The widow’s two coins were not just all her money but a true symbol of her whole life. The widow’s offering was a statement concerning her total love for God. What happens when we give our all? Give without counting the cost? Do we dare? How can we be generous today?

People in the world use their money to make the statement that money is important and so are they. Do you give money to make the statement that money is of little importance and God is of extreme importance? When you give alms, what kind of statement are you making? When you give from your surplus, are you saying God deserves only the leftovers? Do you give sacrificially, even totally? Only this kind of giving truly makes the statement that Jesus is Savior, Lord, and God.

“Money talks,” or, more precisely, we talk through the use of our money. Money speaks louder than words, that is, the use of our money more than the words we say gives others accurate information about what we believe. “Wherever your treasure lies, there your heart will be”. Your money is telling all your secrets, for “the love of money is the root of all evil. You can’t keep your money from shouting. So give your life to Jesus. Then your money will shout: “Jesus is Lord!”

The Lord has big plans and because He is all-powerful, He does not need big money, influential people, or big numbers to accomplish His big plans. A widow’s mite or five loaves and two fish are enough for the Lord to do big stuff. Also, the Lord needs only a few little people to accomplish His great works. “He chose the world’s lowborn and despised, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who were something; so that mankind can do no boasting before God”.

Moreover, the Lord doesn’t need big numbers to reach big numbers. For example, four men in exile, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, had nothing but their faith. Yet by living their faith, they became “ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters” in Babylon . One hundred Christians can put to flight ten thousand enemies.”It is easy for many to be overcome by a few; in the sight of Heaven there is no difference between deliverance by many or by few; for victory in war does not depend upon the size of the army, but on strength that comes from Heaven” .

Little people, as few as you are, give your little bit for love of God and see the Lord do big things.


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