Monday, 11 June 2012
9th June 2012 Mark 12:38-end
As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
The Widow’s Offering
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
I struggle with the fact that I can give very little money to the church I serve, I don't earn anything and so have nothing out of which to give. Instead I give what I can, when I can monetarily. What I do give is my time and I pray that God values that as much as Jesus valued the pennies from the widow.
Father you know me, you know what I have and what I give, tell me if you need more from me. Amen.