Widows show us the meaning of a generous and loving heart
by Sister Carolyn Zahringer
Two of Sunday's readings put before us the example of two widows, both poor in many ways but supported by their faith, their hope, their love of God. The first reading has the widow providing hospitality to Elijah and being rewarded for her kindness. Her supply of flour and oil never ceased for an entire year!
Then the responsorial psalm refrain boasts: “Praise the Lord, my soul!” I would think those words were on the widow’s lips often that year.
In the Gospel we meet the other widow who, from her poverty, contributes to the temple treasury all she has to live on. Jesus points out that the rich gave from their surplus. She gave from her heart.
The Alleluia verse cites Mt. 5:3 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” We are invited to give what we can, from the heart.
- What motivates our giving?
- Do we respond from our faith, in our hope, and with love?