How many of us have some fear of the future? Have anxiety over money, or the lack of? Worry, Worry about life, being cared for? Or just frightened by life’s unknown?
In the first reading today there was a widow who was about to prepare a final meal for her son and herself. After the meal, there was to be no more food and death by starvation was sure to follow. Then Elijah the prophet shows up and asks this widow to bring him some water and then to prepare him some food. The widow declared her current state in life, however, Elijah responded by stating “Do Not Be Afraid” and then instructed her to proceed with his request and reminded her of God’s promise that she would be taken care of. The widow complied with Elijah’s request and the widow and her son survived.
In the Gospel today the poor widow gave two small coins to the treasury, she gave her all. She gave all she had to live on. Jesus stated that this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury, for they had given from their surplus wealth, but she gave from her poverty, she had contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.
I was once told to look at my ability to give through the concept of the three T’s (Time, Talent, and Treasure).
I’ll close with this short story from an African village that can teach us so much, especially when we contemplate the depth beyond the superficial message.
Clearly the boy understood that all he had, all that had been and would be given to him, really came from and belonged to God.