Serving the Word: Mk 12: 38-44


Mark 12, 38-44:
“I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more than anyone else into the treasury. For the rest have put in from their abundance, but she, who is in want, has given all she had to live on.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said: “Your actions may be a grain of sand in the desert; but the desert would not be the same without that grain of sand”.
The widow in today’s Gospel can be that grain of sand. Her gift in the offertory box is insignificant. But Jesus blesses her because “she has given all she had to live on.
She has given the best of herself. She has given everything without fear of losing it. She has given herself.
It costs us relatively little to give things, but it costs us enormously to give ourselves. To give ourselves in our time, in our projects, in our plans, in our joy, in our commitments.
We do not know the name of this poor widow. But she certainly earned heaven for a few pennies, which was all she had to live on.
I commend myself to her today, asking that I may also know how to give the best of myself to the church and to all the others.
I invite you to do the same and have a good Saturday.
Good day.

Antonio María Sanjuán Marín, cmf


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