Lk 21:1-4 When Jesus looked up He saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and He noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, "I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood."
When reading this Gospel, we often forget the words in Luke, just a few chapters earlier: Lk 12:48 "...From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."
We live in a country of MUCH. Turn on the faucet-clean water, Flip a switch-lights, Push a button-heat. We live in a country of MUCH, so much is asked of us.
We must always remember that we do not deserve our MUCH. Our MUCH has been GIVEN. And from that MUCH, MORE is asked.
He does not define MORE. Today's Gospel reading shows that our offering (our MORE) is different for different people.
As we approach Advent, let us ask the Lord what MORE we are asked to give. And, not just through Advent, but may this be a Gift Freely Given, to celebrate Our Lord's birth EVERYDAY.
Our Lady of Snows, pray for us.