The example of the widow teaches us a new way to give and to do things. To give the best of us is the way to live a truly Christian life, giving at all times the best of ourselves. As so often, so here, too, there is a “however.” That is comparing the what of what we do and what we give with the actions of others. When we do so, what we really compare are the external acts of others; however, we cannot judge their hearts.
When we give the best of ourselves, usually people are not able to see it, like the widow in the gospel: ‘She from the little she had has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.’ It is only God who really sees what we are doing and the intensity and heart that we put in giving.
The Gospel speaks about treasures, but our treasure is not just money; it is more than that. We have received many gifts in our lives, and it would be a pity if we do not use them to honor in a special manner the One who gives them to us.
Sometimes, one of the things that is extremely difficult to give is our time, for we are so busy. And even when that is true, we need to learn from the gospel that the things that really count are those that are difficult to give. Take, for example, a young couple who comes to the Mass with their children. In the midst of all that they have to do, all of their busy-ness, they give time to God; and the gift that they give may be more in the eyes of God than the effort that I myself make to come to Mass.
Today’s gospel teaches us another way to give: not from our leftovers or what we believe we will not need, but to be generous with all that we have received. Maybe you have heard these words: “If I have time I would … go, or do it.” The condition we place is time…if I have it… but we do have time, we have to learn to use it properly. We need to make priorities in life, and if God is not one of them, then… we will never have time for Him. At times, I hear people say that God is good, so He will understand; yes, it is true that God will understand, but understanding is not the same as agreement.
I imagine that we understand when someone puts us at the end of their activities, our days… that for one reason or another, in the end they do not have time for us, we are not a priority. But after a while we may begin to realize that we are not important for them. And maybe we are doing that with God.
I encourage use your gift wisely, to be generous.
Teach us, Good Lord,
To serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labor and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do Your will.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.