June 6, 2020

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….

We could entitle this observation of Jesus as “Giving loose change to God.” We are told in the gospel today that a poor widow gave everything she had to the Temple treasury, whereas the Pharisees made a show of giving only what they did not really need. We can (and should) see ourselves in this picture. However, Mark includes this for another reason.

We are at the end of Mark’s gospel; Jesus is in Jerusalem, where he is about to suffer and die. It is so easy for us to think of God as being all-powerful, all rich, all everything. And here we are here below asking for occasional favors, and we don’t always get them. In fact, it seems that we seldom get them. Why is God so stingy with his blessings? Mark tells us that the opposite is true.

Jesus came into the world to reveal to us the depth of the Father’s love and concern for all of us. He didn’t merely give us bits of heavenly wisdom, or heal a few here and there. He didn’t stint on what he gave. Like the widow, he gave everything, even his life. Even to an excruciating death on the cross. In the Masses we celebrate, we have a continuing reminder of the totality of Christ’s gift. We can bask in the certainty that Jesus, that God, could give nothing more. What a lesson for us all! The question for us remains: do we give only loose change to God?

What can I give to God today?

Let Us Pray:

O loving God, teach me never to doubt the depth of your love for me. Let me never fault you for not answering my prayers the way I would wish. Rather, fill me with gratitude for all you have done and continue to do for me. I ask this through Christ, our Lord.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.