Thursday 30th March 2017
True Generosity As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on. (Luke 21 v 1 – 4)
Jesus is spending the last week of his life teaching in the Temple when his eye is drawn to the activity around the treasury. He spots the rich giving ostentatiously and spies the widow giving just a fraction. In today’s terms it probably would equate to the cost of her main meal for the day, but for a widow there is no safety net; she gives knowing it is all she has. Her generosity, commitment and passion move Jesus, and her generous gift foreshadows his coming passion, his indescribable gift of grace and salvation for us all.
Her generosity is also a complete contrast to the measured generosity of some other rich givers. By highlighting her gift, Jesus guides us in the way we should give: giving all we can as he gave all for us.
God’s eye is not on what you give, but what you leave behind.
The Widow’s Mite is not a story or a parable. This widow was a real person in a hard and difficult world. But it was a world where the Kingdom of God had entered, and that generosity has continued to this day in the lives of others.