November 21, 2016
Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Gospel Today
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.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Jeffrey A. Danan)
In the Gospel, Jesus commends the poor widow who gives her offering in the temple. He singles her out among the many givers, because the poor widow gives God not two small coins but her all, her life.
My family usually considers Christmas a day of blessings and joy. We celebrate two birthdays. Aside from the birth of our Savior Jesus, it is also the natal day of my dad and my eldest sister. For many years that’s how we looked at Christmas day, but the Christmas of 2006 was probably the saddest Christmas for us due to the sudden loss of my father.
The succeeding year would never be the same. I now stand as the father in our family taking the responsibility of my dad in providing the needs of my siblings and my mom. Sometimes I can say that it is not easy to be the favorite son. I need to meet their expectations and force myself to excel in any field. For me I am thankful. I was able to accomplish my duty as a good son and an obedient brother to my Siblings.
That is my role in our family. I never let my mom feel alone due to the loss of my father. I always stand by her side to give her support.
Entering the seminary was never easy for them. For me to let them go and heed the invitation of Christ was my wholehearted offering to Him. I know that I cannot give any material things or wealth anymore except my Yes to Christ, my friend and my savior.
Just like the widow in the Gospel, my mom made an offering. One of our most significant conversations was like this:
“Mother, isn’t giving good?” she said, “Yes, son”.
“Mother, to you am I the best son ever?” She answered, “Yes son. For us, you’re the best”
“And mother, if you will give something to God, would it be your best? Mom, it’s time for me to follow my heart’s – as a priest of God.
The poor widow teaches us that generosity is not just about what we give but rather what is left of us after giving. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!