The Gospel Today
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,
“Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
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.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood.”
Today’s Gospel speaks of what is essential in God’s eyes. In the narrative, Jesus gives more importance on the poor widow’s contribution because the widow has given her all.
This led me to reflect on community living in the seminary context. In the seminary, we are all invited to be contributing in our own way for the development of the community – through our presence, our talents, and whatever gifts that we have. There is this tendency to dream big, and to contribute more which sometimes lead to frustration, especially if we fail to deliver what we have intended to contribute. There is this tendency to associate success with quantity – the quantity of the tasks that are fulfilled, the number of activities that are done.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta has said, “We have to do small things with great love.” and by doing so, we become great in the eyes of the Lord. We should not preoccupy ourselves with aspiring to do great things here on earth, we just need to content ourselves in doing small things, with regularity and with great love and it will bring us to heaven.
We should not think that our, or our brother’s, contribution is small or of little value, quoting again Mother Teresa, “Yes, our works of charity can be considered as a drop of water in the vast ocean, but still, the ocean will not be complete without that single drop.” And that is what God expects us to do – just to be that tiny drop in the ocean.