The New Testament passage set down for today is Mark 12:41-44, the well known passage of Jesus observing the widow making her offering to the Temple.
In the passage immediately prior to this one, Jesus was warning against the teachers of the Law who paraded themselves openly, whose prayers were a pious show and whose greed was so great they would “devour widow’s houses”, that is, take money from those who could ill afford to give it. Such men, Jesus said, will be “punished most severely”(v.40). In contrast to this Mark immediately reports this incident (today’s reading) in which Jesus praises the widow who freely placed her last coins in the treasury.
The setting of these accounts, side by side is staggering….the greedy man who always wanted more….and the poor widow, willing to give all that she had. The “great man” respected by all and the insignificant woman, held in high regard only by God.
Those of us reading this today may be neither rich or poor, but irrespective of our bank balance our choices are more than likely to be governed by the values expressed by one of these two.
Which of these two will you choose to be most like?
Have a great day,