25 November 2019 – Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin, Martyr

Why does Jesus hold up this woman as an example? Surely we should take care of our needs and those of our families. Yet Jesus indicates that she has “put in more” than the others. What message is the woman sending by her act? I think she is saying, “Take, Lord, and receive my all. I surrender myself to you. I believe that you will provide what I need. I am here ready to do your will.” The wealthy people were hedging their bets. They gave, but kept a healthy reserve. They wanted to please God, but not if it hurt them too much. They believed, but had their doubts. Jesus approved of her actions because they are consistent with His message to us. Are we more like the widow or the wealthy?