Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mark 12:41-44

The Poor Widow’s Contribution
41He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.42A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.43Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury.44For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

As I read this scripture, I ask myself, am I giving my all to Jesus?  Or do I hold back in fear of something unknown?  Do I give of myself and empty myself for others?  As St. Francis said so well, "It is in giving that we receive."  It is only AFTER I have emptied myself, then, that I will see the blessing flow!  I must DIE to LIVE!  It is when I have NOTHING that I have EVERYTHING!  When I am WEAK, then I am STRONG!  Following Christ does not follow the definition of success that we find in our world.  Rather, it is the paradox of the world's view.  Thank you Lord, for loving me, for being my guide, for DYING so that I may have LIFE!  This week especially, I will open my eyes to those around me - see THEIR needs, what can I do to ease THEIR suffering?  I know that even SMALL kindnesses are LARGE in the hearts of others.  Help me to see, Lord, and to give ALL that I have, so that I may have EVERYTHING!

Here's a favorite and familiar tune, written and sung by David Haas:  "Blest Are They"