She gave her whole livelyhood !

Good Morning  Brothers and Sisters !

This morning we are in the Gospel of Luke and Christ is teaching again about the poor.  It reads as follows :

” When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people
putting their offerings into the treasury
and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.
He said, “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in more than all the rest;
for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

In this gospel, we have people who are busy going about their day to day things.  The rich and the poor both in the process of giving their alms, their offerings to God.   Both sets of people praying and attempting to work on their relationships with God.  But it is the poor widow.  The lady who has little and is giving her offering that is the point in this part of the Gospel.  She is giving of herself her offering may seem to others to be nothing, or rather small or little.

By the economy of the day it might not have purchased much of anything. If someone were watching they might have thought to themselves, why does she bother with so little ?   The point is in the giving.

There are countries in the dessert areas, where hospitality is not only a religious preference, but it is the law.  It is a requirement that you give aid to the traveler and to extend hospitality.    Imagine if that were true everywhere !  Why should this need to even be a law.  It something we should be doing as a point of love.

We see the homeless in this country and we turn away.  We dont want to see them, we dont want them near us and we dont want to talk to them.    We have some kind of fear that drives that part of our hearts away.  That is not only what happens in our streets when we pass them, but it happens in our politics when we vote on what to do about the issues. It is OK to do somthing as long as it neither costs us anything, and that they dont live near us !  We dont want them driving our property values down !  Maybe if we just throw money at it they will go away !

It is not our way.  It is not Gods way.  That is the worlds way.

What is needed is a good old fashioned change of heart !  We need to connect with people again.  We need to invest !  Not money but of ourselves.  Our time, our goods, our love.  Give of yourself, and THAT is what will be pleasing most to God.

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