Homily for Monday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle I
Theme: Two Small Coins
By: Fr. Gerald M. Musa
While wealthy people gave their offering from the abundance of their wealth, Jesus noticed humble widow putting in two small coins. Jesus praised her for her generosity because her two coins were her whole livelihood. Jesus measured her generosity in proportion to her entire wealth and he noticed that her standard of giving was great when compared to her standard of living. Her generosity was a result of her faith, it was an act of love and a sign of total surrender to God. Money gives us a sense of security and boosts our ego and generosity requires some degree of selflessness. When we make an offering or give a donation, willingly, lovingly, and cheerfully, we derive some sense of satisfaction and happiness. Research has shown that generous people are happier and more peaceful. Scriptures instruct us “to do good, to be rich in good deeds, liberal and generous” (1 Timothy 6:18). Wise people say we’re richer when we give and poorer when we keep. When we count the many blessings we receive from God, we’ll never complain of generosity fatigue. God blessed the two small coins of this nameless widow and this became a simple and source of blessing for her. Small is great when God is in it. How generous are we in offering ourselves and resources to God and for good causes?
Luke 21:1-4; Monday, 34th Week