Gospel: Mk 12:38-44
As Jesus was teaching, he also said to them, “Beware of those teachers of the law, who enjoy walking around in long robes and being greeted in the marketplace; and who like to occupy reserved seats in the synagogues; and the first places at feasts. They even devour the widow’s and the orphan’s goods, while making a show of long prayers. How severe a sentence they will receive!” Jesus sat down opposite the temple treasury, and watched the people dropping money into the treasury box; and many rich people put in large offerings. But a poor widow also came and dropped in two small coins. Then, Jesus called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all those who gave offerings. For all of them gave from their plenty; but she gave from her poverty, and put in everything she had, her very living.”
Read: The widow who fed Elijah with food is rewarded generously by God. Jesus recognizes the generosity and sacrifice involved in the little contribution of the widow to the Temple funds and praises her. The letter to the Hebrews memorializes the supreme act of generosity of Christ for our sake.
Reflect: Absolutely nothing escapes the attention of God, as evidenced in Jesus noticing the widow’s contribution and the act of the widow of Zarephath. This can be good news and bad news! It is good news that none of our little and generous acts goes unnoticed by God who would reward us in plenty. The bad news is that none of our little or big sins escapes the attention of God either. It would be wise to take refuge in His divine mercy, for that alone can ensure us our redemption.
Pray: Lord, give me the grace to see and recognize the good in others.
Act: Recognize an act of goodness done by someone by appreciating the person for the same.
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