by Sister Laura Zelten
Almost no one noticed her. I mean, who would? As the rich entered the temple, their gifts clanged so loudly that every head turned to see who was putting in. That was the whole point, wasn't it? To be seen. To be seen as generous. To be seen as holy. To be seen at places of honor.
But her two little coins barely registered above the din of conversation taking place next to the large metal horn in which gifts were deposited.
Almost no one noticed her. Almost no one. The one who did knew the woman's coins were all she had to live on. He recognized the enormity of her sacrifice as he contemplated giving his whole life on a cross.
The widow of the Gospel had a generous heart. She looked outward to the needs of others and gave all that she could. She shared because it was the right thing to do.
We rejoice in the message of Jesus. It challenges us to be the loving energy of God for the world, for those who are near and for those who are far away. We are the ones to show God’s care for creation, justice, peace and reconciliation and to give time to God in prayer – to ensure a space and time for God each day.
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I love the idea that no one noticed her. And she didn't do anything to be noticed. I can picture the noise the others made, making sure everyone noticed what they were doing. Wonderful. Jesus notices everything. So whatever I give, as long as I'm doing my best for the best of others, I will be noticed by the One who matters most. Thanks for your reflections. Always thought provoking. -- Kathy
I could picture what you were saying, would that we could always be so generous. Your reflections are always good and to the point. Thank you. -- Irene Whatley