26 November 2018. Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Eldrick S. Pena)
Our gospel makes us reflect on the virtue of generosity. We are invited by Jesus to be generous in our giving for our God cannot be outdone in generosity. He gives us all the graces and blessings we need so that we will have something to share to our neighbors who are also in need. We give generously as our Father gives. But how is generosity measured? Is it measured by the quantity or the amount of what we give? No. Generosity is not measured by the big amount we are willing to let go but by the little that is left to us after we have given.
Jesus tells us that the poor widow has given more than the rich ones because with her two pieces of small coins, she has given her all. In our daily life, we are expected much to always be sensitive to the needs of our neighbors – there is no one so poor that he cannot share anything to those in need, and there is no one so rich that he is not in need of any help to be given by others. It is not the material value of what we give that counts, but the amount of love that goes with our giving.
Let us make Jesus our model in our giving – He who has given Himself so generously out of His deep love for us to the point of willingly enduring suffering and offering His own life for our salvation. In the end, we may, just like St. Paul, give our all to all for the greater glory of the Lord.
The Gospel Today
Lk 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.
He said, “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in more than all the rest;
for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”