S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Widow's Mite

The Gospel According to St. Mark (Ch. 12: 41-44)

Jesus he sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living."

The Gospel invites us to reflect on how detached we are to our possesions. Jesus used the widow as the perfect example of detachment -- all that she had were her two copper coins. But even then, she wholeheartedly offered them all to God. A very moving picture for us to end the liturgical year. In a couple of weeks we will begin the new liturgical year and we are being invited to reflect how willing are we to offer EVERYTHING to God. A thought worth reflecting about...


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