November 11, 2012 – Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today’s gospel offers us a great lesson in the stewardship way of life. Mark tells us that Jesus sat and watched as many people money into the treasury. And while he watched many wealthy men give enormous amounts of money, it was one widow who gave but two small coins who caught His attention. At first glance it seems clear that she did not give as much as the many wealthy people. Yet, Jesus assured the disciples, “she gave the most” because while the others were giving out of their surplus, she was giving of her first fruits. She was giving everything she had. For her, the gift was a sacrifice.
She stands as a great example to us. We are called to give our all. We give not because we have extra left over like many of the wealthy people in today’s gospel, we give – of our time, our talents, and our treasure, because we want to show God how grateful we are for all He has given us.
How well do our commitments of time, talent, and treasure express our gratitude to God? Are we giving because it’s easy, because we have a surplus from which to give, or are we giving because we are grateful for God’s many gifts, and, therefore, offering our whole selves back to Him?