This week in Mark’s gospel our reading is about the Poor Widow’s offering, and the message to us is clear.
Jesus loves it when we hold nothing back and give him our all.
In contrast to the wealthy temple goers, who were only willing to give to God out of their excess, Jesus draws the disciples attention to the offering of a poor woman who quietly and discretely gave everything she had. In spite of her apparent poverty the woman lovingly places two small coins, all the money she has in the world into the temple coffers. Such is her love, gratitude and devotion to God, that she is unwilling to hold anything back and gives Him all that she has. This is an act of pure faith and trust in the God whom she knows will provide all her needs.
Following her example the question we need to ask ourselves then is this. How much are we prepared to give to God? Do we trust him enough to give him our everything or are we keeping something back and missing out on some of the blessings of God? God has given us everything. How much are you willing to give him in return?
Till next time. Andrew
Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills