PUTTING MONEY IN THE TEMPLE TREASURY... 1. Atilano Corcuera, SVD Bible Diary 2005). Jesus observed people placing money in the treasury - Mk 12:41 2. Early on he was determined to earn money and drove himself to the limit. “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. - Mark 12:41–44. She put in everything she had. His weekly income was one million dollars but he digested only milk and crackers. Real giving is giving that comes from fasting. He commands us to give generously to the less fortunate and to speak up on their behalf.. To help you connect with God’s heart for the poor, we have compiled this list of Bible verses taken from the New International Version that speak to how God asks us to relate to and serve the less fortunate among us. Jesus reminds us not to give out of surplus. Rudy Horst, SVD Bible Diary 2007). The original purpose of the tithe was to care for the poor not rob them under the auspices of religious devotion. Luke 20:46-47, the gospel passage before today’s gospel, gives us the reason why the widow is so poor. Jesus asked his disciples to come to Him. The Widow's Offering 41 As Jesus was sitting opposite the treasury, He watched the crowd putting money into it. Lent, Day 14: Mark 12: 41-44 - The Poor Widow's Contribution. Their poverty and their simplicity make them give not out of rationalization, but out of genuinely empathy. 40 They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. People minister to me. Many of us give out of our abundance. 20 crore women Jan Dhan account holders will get an ex-gratia amount of Rs 500 per month for three months. Many rich people threw in large amounts. (Fr. As we continue our study of the gospel of Luke, Teaching Pastor Chad Sparks shows us some unexpected lessons from the story of the widow’s mite. Therefore if we cannot be Christians without loving, we cannot be Christians without giving. He could not sleep, stopped smiling long since and enjoyed nothing in life. Three crore poor senior citizens, widows, disabled to get one-time ex-gratia amount of Rs 1,000 in two instalments. Many rich people put in large sums. What do we do with our money? 42 A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. They tend to justify the amount of their giving. And I need to give much. Paul's Collection for the Poor in the Church at Jerusalem. She is a good example of a sacrificial giver. Let us turn to the widows offering. It is the intent of the willing heart and mind that is acceptable to God (see 2 Cor. She gave cheerfully without sighing and saying: “Now I am left with nothing.” She did not even attempt to dramatize. No wonder that God is not pleased with the gifts of those who offer ‘from their surplus wealth’ which they took from the poor instead of sharing what they have with them. LUKE 21:1-4 When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. At the sunset of life, according to St. John of the Cross, we will be judged according to how much we love. Glenn Paul M. Gomez, SVD Bible Diary 2006). Yet, there is some truth in saying so. What they offer me is their faith, their life, and their love. The Widow's Mite Bible Lesson and Crafts Bible crafts and Activities for the Widow's Offering or Mite . That is the impression given by most high school and college textbooks. She gave all she had to the one who gives to all abundantly. Many rich people, dressed in fine robes, came by and put in a lot of money. He realized with a new light that he “could not take one dime the next world.” Money was not everything. 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. 3/19/2014 0 Comments He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. I believe many of us will easily pick out the first choice! There is just one catch: the preacher tells you that this money – like all your earthly possessions – is a gift from God. But the mountain of gold and of the other givers was worth nothing. Noting the disparity between what she gave and the much greater contributions of some others, Jesus proclaimed, ‘Of a truth … , this poor widow hath cast in more than they all.’ Though the rich had given from their abundance, ‘she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had’ (Luke 21:1–4). Teacher note: Jesus didn’t just happen to see this scene unfolding, He actually sat down to observe what was going on. 41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Involved here is always the giver, the receiver, the gift. They were worth much less than a penny. While in the hospital a rich uncle died and left him a million dollars. And we give it to Him by giving it to others. He went further, and asked for bread, and observes her reply. The Widow’s Sacrificial Contribution. That quiet giving has become so extraordinary because we are a people who love attention. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "This woman has given more than anyone. Paul B. Duff The George Washington University. Or are you thinking already of next Christmas, just one month from now? The Widow's Mite Bible Lesson and Crafts Bible crafts and Activities for the Widow's Offering or Mite . Lent, Day 14: Mark 12: 41-44 - The Poor Widow's Contribution. Did they treat the poor with indifference or even cruelty? 21:1 As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. Why? Deva Savariyappan, SVD Bible Diary 2008), Imagine showing up weekend and instead of putting money in the collection plate, you take home a crisp $100 bill. He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. They all gave a lot because they are rich. They talk to me about their God and help me live my life. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. This was in contrast to the huge gifts donated by the rich who gave only to look good and receive the honor and applause of men. And yet what is happening is the opposite.
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