Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061017.cfm
In the course of his teaching Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets. They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”
The Lord wants us to give from our hearts, not always our pocketbooks. To give a little when you have little means more than if you just toss in some money that you will not miss every time help is needed. If, like the widow, we only have a little to give, that is all the Lord wants. But not only money. Our Lord wants us to give our time and talent also. Sometimes money is not the answer. What do you give to the Lord? Do you give your time, talent and treasure? Or do you just throw money in the basket without a thought of what is really needed? Evaluate how you give of yourself for the sake of the Lord.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I offer you all I have, my time, talent and treasure as a praise gift back to you. Everything I have, I have because you gave it to me and I return it all to you for you to use as you see fit. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Blessed be God, who lives forever.