Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (27th November, 2017) on the Gospel
Dan 3:52-56. (R. v.52);
Topic: True size of gift/offering.
We normally measure what one gives in relation to what others give or even to what we are expecting. For instance, in a fundraising the person who gives the highest amount is normally tagged the highest donor. But in today’s gospel, Jesus praised the poor widow who put in “two small copper coins” (Lk 21:2) other than the rich people who put in large sums. The rich offered out of their abundance but the poor widow out of her poverty offered everything.
Therefore, the true size of gifts/offerings can be established in relation to what one has not in relation to what others give or what is expected. To whom much is given much is also expected, cf. Lk 12:48. Hence, Tobit rightly admonished his son in these words, “If you have many possessions, make your gift from them in proportion; if few, do not be afraid to give according to the little you have” (Tob 4:8).
So, do not measure what people give with what you want or what others give but with what the giver has if you can truly do this. Otherwise, it is God who truly knows what each person gives and will reward everyone accordingly, cf. Matt 10:42
Bible Readings: Lk 12:41-48.
Thought for today: What do you use to measure gifts/offerings?
Let us pray: Lord, help us to give freely and also to receive with gratitude – Amen.
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