Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasure box; He also saw a poor widow dropping in two small coins. And he said, «Truly, I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them. For all gave an offering from their plenty, but she, out of her poverty, gave all she had to live on».
The offering of Abel gives joy to God and satisfaction to the humanity, because he reserved the best to God, by recognising all that he had, belonged to God. It’s just that one gives the best to God.
Many at time, we don’t realize how God observes us and appreciates every little gest of love from our part. Since God doesn’t seek the publicity, certainly the divine accompaniment and divine gest remain unknown to our intelligence. None in the temple could have noticed the presence of this little poor lady, but God not only noticed her presence, her heart, her misery, but also what she has put in, were well noticed and honoured by God. Sadly, she won’t understand the immense love and care that God has reserved for her. Will this God allow this lady to die in hunger? Surely not.
Today’s readings invite us to look our earthly life with a different eye. Our life on the earth is fully connected with the life that we are going to have after the death. Our faithfulness to our baptismal vocation, our sincerity in our social and spiritual engagements, and our capacity to surrender before the divine will or divine providence, certainly will produce good fruit, just like a tree planted on the river side. God does take care the poor soul which puts all its energy in accomplishing the divine will. The apocalypse is the wonderful narration of this divine truth. Therefore, let’s us learn to live our life on this earth, as if we are living a life before the eyes of God, in the heaven, singing the divine hymns for the Lord.
«She, out of her poverty, gave all she had to live on»
Fr. Àngel Eugeni PÉREZ i Sánchez
Today, as it happens so often, small things go by unnoticed: small alms, small sacrifices, small prayers (jaculatory prayers); but what, at times, may look small and unimportant, it frequently represents the warp and also the culmination of master works: be it great works of art, be it the maximum goods deeds of personal saintliness.
Because these small things are mostly unnoticed, their bona fide intention is out of question: we are not to seek in them neither recognition nor human glory. Only God will discover them in our heart, in the same way as only Jesus could see the poor widow's generosity. It is more than certain that poor woman did not play trumpets to announce what she was doing, and it is even possible she was ashamed and felt ridiculous before the eyes of the wealthy, who, while offering splendid gifts into the treasure box, were making others feel admired at their liberality. Yet, that woman's unselfishness, that caused her to drop the two small coins despite her poverty, deserved the Lord's praise: «Truly, I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them. For all gave an offering from their plenty, but she, out of her poverty, gave all she had to live on» (Lk 21:3-4).
The widow's generosity is a good lesson for us, Christ's disciples. We can be extremely generous, as the wealthy people that were «putting their gifts into the treasure box» (Lk 21:1). But, none of this will be worth the while if we only give “from our plenty”, without any loving or generous spirit, without offering ourselves along. St. Augustine says: «They looked at the great offerings from the wealthy and they praised them for that. And, even if the could see the widow later on, how many did notice those two coins...? She gave whatever she had, for she had God in her heart. But she had plenty, for she had God in her heart. It is better to have God in our soul than gold in the safe». Quite true: Let us be generous with God and He will be much more so with us.