A reading from the gospel according to Luke 21:1-4
1 When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury
2 and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.
3 He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest;
4 for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”
Pope John Paul II (now a Saint) remarked that no one is too poor as to give nothing. Like the widow in the gospel above, even the poorest of the poor can find some coins to give. In fact, the widow did not just offered two small coins. She gave her whole livelihood. We are called to offer not just our extras but everything we have because in truth, nothing is ours anyway. What we have come from the generosity of our Father in heaven who loves us unconditionally.
The bible does not actually require us to give to the church everything we earn but only 10% (Leviticus 27:30, Proverbs 3:9). Yet, the actual amount we give is not as important as the generosity of our heart. Let us give with joy and thanksgiving in our heart for God loves the joyful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Jesus is challenging us to put our whole trust in God’s providence like a child who is totally dependent on his parents. Just like the poor widow, let us be ready to sacrifice what we have for the glory of God knowing that He will provide all our needs. Let us put God first in everything we do and let God, in His mercy and grace, do everything for us.