Today's gospel tells the story of a poor widow whose contribution to the treasury box is worth almost nothing. Two little coins, enough to buy...a gumball. Yet Jesus points out that she has given more than all the rich guys who noisily drop in large amounts of cash (and are proud of it.) The poor widow gives of her poverty, not her excess. Not only is she incredibly generous, but she also has tremendous faith. Deep inside, she knows and trusts that God will provide. To the people around her she is a nobody, but Jesus notices her, praises her, and makes her an example for all of us. Her story is so important that the Holy Spirit inspires St. Mark to put it into his Gospel - to be told until the end of time.
During the Offertory at Mass, the bread and wine are brought up to the altar for consecration. But what do I bring? I'm just sitting there in the pew. I'm often daydreaming (yep!) and yet this is the very time that I should be offering myself to God anew. "All I have, all I am, Jesus, I give to you."
Some days that doesn't feel like much. Some days that feels like nothing. Like depression. Like discouragement. Like sadness. Like worry. Like sorrow for acting crappy to someone I love. Yet the truth is, all of these "small coins" are precious to God. And He wants them. These are the offerings of my poverty, not my richness.
Are you scared? Nervous? Anxious? Is your heart full of worry? Are you grieving, or depressed? Struggling with a sin habit? Jesus wants it all. Those are the coins He loves to see us drop in the box, the coins that are an admission of our littleness, our dependence, our need for His love and care.
Make the Offertory a time of renewal. As the bread and wine are brought forward, add your little coins. I'm working on it. Let's work on it together. We will be blessed! Jesus is near!
I am a Catholic wife, mom and grandma. In 1995, after Bible college and a few years as an Evangelical Missionary, I was received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. These are my personal musings on Scripture, prayer, and living close to Jesus.