Jesus called his disciples to him and said,
“I assure you that this poor widow has put in more
than everyone who’s been putting money in the treasury.” (Mark 12:43)
There is an unfortunate myth that prevails among many Christian people that the only gifts that can truly make a difference are those that are large, extravagant, and impressive. It is not so. In our reading today, we learn from Jesus that it is not the amount that counts most before God, but the motivation. For gifts large and small, it is the heart that matters most.
Consider the widow. She gave two small coins. The gift was meager, but Jesus was impressed. He knew and understood the sacrifice. He also knew that she gave with a right motivation, unlike so many others. She humbly wished to serve God in her poverty, so that in the giving of the gift she might become rich. We have much to learn from her example.
Give with a humble heart, not to be seen, not to be praised by others, but out of love for God.
Lord God, transform me into a person
who gives generously and with pure heart. Amen.