Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (06th June, 2020) on the Gospel
(B.V.M. on Saturday, Opt. Mem.)
2Tim 4:1-8;
Ps 70:8-9.14-17.22. (R. cf. v. 15);
Mk 12:38-44.

Topic: Widow’s mite.
Often people talk about widow’s mite especially while giving. We see that widow in today’s gospel. As Jesus watched the crowd putting money into the treasury, “Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny” (Mk 12: 41-42).
Jesus said to His disciples,
Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on (Mk 12:43-44).
William Barclay rightly draws some lessons from this poor widow’s offering: Real giving must be sacrificial. The amount of the gift never matters so much as its cost to the giver, not the size of the gift, but the sacrifice. Again, real giving has a certain recklessness in it[1].
Therefore, an offering cannot be correctly tagged ‘widows mite’ based on the amount but based on what the giver has. Hence, Saint Paul writes: “the gift is acceptable according to what one has–not according to what one does not have” (2Cor 8:12). And Tobit rightly admonished his son Tobias thus, “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). Give in relation to what God has blessed you with.
Bible Reading: 1Cor 12:1-30; 2Cor 8:1-15; Heb 12:14-28; 13:5-6; Ps 49:5-20.
Thought for today: Do you give to God sacrificially?
Let us pray: God our Father, help us to offer to you and to our neighbours in relation to what we have – Amen.
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[1] Barclay, W. (2006). The daily study bible: The gospel of Mark. Bangalore: Theological Publications in India, pp. 302-303.

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