In trust and freedom we worship
November 27, 2017,
Monday. 34th Week in
1st Reading: Dn 1:1–6, 8–20Gospel: Lk 21:1–4
Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury of the Temple. He also saw a poor widow, who dropped in two small coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them. For all of them gave an offering from their plenty; but she, out of her poverty, gave all she had to live on.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
The Temple area was divided into different courts. One such court was the so-called Court of Women where women could drop their donations. Wealthy ladies needing public accolade loved the location of this court. Located third from the Holy of Holies it was public enough to draw the attention of many people. It was the perfect place to flaunt their wealth. One day Jesus observed many such ladies ostentatiously dropping sizable amounts to the donation boxes.
But one poor widow didn’t love the publicity. She drew close to one of the donation boxes to surreptitiously drop her donation. She only donated two small coins, but these were the only ones she had. She had very little money but she brought along so much faith. In contrast those rich ladies approached the donation boxes with much money but meager faith in God, and even in their own selves. Their faith in God was meager because they had so much money to rely upon in times of need. Their faith in their own selves was close to nil, that’s why they had to siphon public affirmation by flaunting their wealth as they dropped a sizable amount to the Temple treasury.
Between these two classes of people it was the widow that pleased Jesus. That was because so much faith was involved in her case. The two small coins were perhaps all that she had in order to survive. There was no husband to rely upon because she was a widow. But because of her faith in a God who knows how to take care of his people, she was able to give all these coins back to God. By letting go of the only coins she had, she held God responsible for her life. The great faith with which she gave up all she had obliged God to take care of her.
Money exercises great power upon people but very little upon God. In contrast, faith may exercise little power over people, more so upon those of stony hearts. But it is powerful enough to oblige God. Faith cannot only move mountains. It can also move God! As we strive to work hard for money because we need it to survive in this lifetime, let us not neglect to work hard also for the increase of our faith. – (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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