Those who had plenty gave a small percentage of what they had spare, while a poor old lady gave all that she had left. (based on Mark 12:41-44)
What is the value of the money in your pocket or bank account? How do you view it? Are you eyeing up a new purchase or food that you do not need for your stomach?
How do you view what is around you? The poor, the needy? Institutions that support you? The unemployed, the hungry, the refugee, the lost?
Jesus talks about the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of God (Matthew 5:3).
If you view the world for what you can get out of it with your money, then you are a long way from God’s Kingdom, a fair and just system. It is a world where self is the most important at the expense of all else. I stand guilty as all, as I neither have a valid excuse.
The poor widow may be sad and lonely. Struggling daily to survive. But she had found something in her life that meant everything to her. A reason to keep going. A hope, that one day there will be a better life. She had something which she could hold onto daily, which would not let her down.
Where is your hope and mine? Happiness cannot be found in spending lot of money on ourselves. Of course we need it to buy food, and help pay for utilities and a roof over our heads. But our true fulfillment and meaning cannot be found in it. It creates a superficial world where there will be more false than truth.
We need to take a real hard look at the money we have and see how we can be generous to others.