We were there in the temple with Him again, the way we had been many times before. We were all there, the twelve of us and some of the women who had followed Him from the beginning.
We had gone to pray, but as we had come to expect, nothing was ever straightforward with Him. Many people grouped together, a few women congregated in the courtyard and several men entered the main part of the temple almost as one. We hovered in the doorway waiting for instruction, teaching or blessing. We had not yet grasped that the blessing would come from Him.
He ushered us through the gates, and deep into the heart of the temple and there He began to teach us.
“Look,” He said, “Watch as the men of wealth give their offerings to God. They give little of what they have and keep much for themselves. They give little, not only from their pockets but also from their very souls,” He told us.
He paused, for breath and for effect. He wanted us to take it all in, but I’m not sure we did, I’m not sure we really understood.
“Look,” He continued “Watch as the widow places her last two coins into the plate – this is all that she has and yet she gives it willingly to her God. She offers all that she can, the little money she possesses and all of herself.”
We did as we were told, we looked.
We looked and we saw the men of wealth giving little and we looked and saw the bent over old widow giving all she had, but what were we to do next?
Did He want us to go to her and lend her money or did he want us to rebuke the men for not giving enough? We did not know or understand what He wanted from us.
Years later we recalled the scene and reflected on what Jesus was trying to tell us. It is important that whatever we have we give generously back to God so that he can use it to further the kingdom.
(From the book – ‘In The Shadows of Victory: Ride the Rollercoaster of Holy Week’ by Deacon Becky Lovatt)
With many peaceful blessings