MONDAY: 34TH WEEK HOMILY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR A
Gospel – Luke 21:1-4
THEME: Giving All They Had
Woodworker Shop, Bethlehem
There’s a story about a little boy whose older sister was seriously ill; she desperately needed a blood transfusion but she had a rare blood type. Luckily the boy had the same type. So his parents asked if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. He thought about it for a minute or so and then said “yes”.
The next day the nurse began to hook up the IV to his arm and the blood slowly started to through the tubing. The boy then looked up at the nurse and he asked “When will I start to die?”
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He thought he had been asked to give, not just his blood, but his life for his sister. And he said YES! He was willing to give his ‘all’, to give his life out of love for his sister. What courage! What faith! What love!
We read in today’s Gospel of a poor widow dropping 2 small coins into the Treasury in the Temple. Like the boy, she gave all she had as an offering. All the donations to the Treasury went directly to the poor. So consider how unusual it was for a poor widow to be seen donating back to those in need. Not to mention the fact that donations to the Treasury were usually done privately, not in full view of others.
The widow was not just making a donation; she was making a statement! This was a statement of faith, of courage, of love for others. She willingly gave all she had so that someone else might benefit. She clearly showed her faithfulness to God and her love for Him and her neighbor! She sacrificed all her money because she trusted that God would provide for her and her needs!
Great Spirit, give me faith! Help me to realize that You are directing my life, guiding me back to You and to the Kingdom of Heaven.
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