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Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel Lk 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."


This Gospel reminded me of the profound value of authenticity in our actions, especially when it comes to our relationship with God. In this passage, Jesus observes people making offerings at the temple, and what stands out to him is not the amount but the authenticity of the widow's contribution. She gives just two small coins, seemingly insignificant in the eyes of others. Yet, Jesus recognizes the depth of her sacrifice because it represents her entire livelihood.

I think this Gospel challenges us to reflect on the sincerity of our own actions, particularly in our own spiritual journey. It prompts us to consider the motivation behind our actions and beliefs. Are we driven by a genuine desire to give of ourselves, or are we merely fulfilling a social or religious expectation?

The widow's offering teaches us that authenticity is not measured by the quantity of what we give but by the sincerity of our hearts. It emphasizes the power of giving from a place of vulnerability and genuine love. The widow's act to me represented her pure heart and strong faith, having complete trust and reliance on God.

In a world that often over-values external appearances and grand gestures, the Gospel of the poor widow serves as a reminder that God sees our hearts, he truly knows us. May we, like the widow, find the courage to offer our whole selves, trusting that even the smallest, most authentic gestures can have a profound impact in God's eyes.


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