A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 21:1-4
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."
REFLECTION: "from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood."
When someone does something nice to you, you repay them with sincere gratitude--either by words, prayer, or gifts in thanksgiving. When we thank God for all His blessings, we do so also with a selfless generosity by service, deeds or words. Some of the blessings God has given us can be in talents and a giving, compassionate and loving heart.
This generosity can be seen in the many donations made to the food bank, church drives, and homeless shelters for the marginalized and impoverished. To those whom much has been given, much will be expected.
But the poor widow in the Gospel reading had very little. Jesus knew the widow's circumstances and therefore knew she gave her whole livelihood in loving God and her neighbors.
Are we willing to share our time, gifts and monies however much it hurts? Do we live in the spirit of poverty, enjoying that which God has given us and willing to share what we have with others? During winter, do we buy new coats, blankets, mittens, caps and new underwear for the poor and the homeless? Do we feed the needy?
Remember PAPA Joe is helping to feed the children in Venezuela. Donations are always accepted and can be picked up if needed. Remember also the poor widows who might need help around the house, securing pipes, gearing up for winter, or just plain companionship over lunch.
God Bless You