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Widows, and Their Two Cents

November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012, Monday, Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Revelation 14:1-5.  His name and his Father’s name are written on their foreheads.

Luke 21:1-4.  He noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.


Catholic is hard.  Christianity is hard.  Easy to say.  Hard to do.  We have been taught well what we ought to do; so much that it should be by reflex now, when we are faced with those tough daily decisions.

But look at the widow.  She knew what to do.  She knew to give it her all.  She knew to Trust in the Lord, for she longed to see His face (cf. Ps 24:6).  This is an important lesson.  It has been occurring over and over in these readings; these last days.  The scribes and Pharisees are coming for the Lord.  Yet Jesus, stays, seated at the temple, to teach this important lesson.

Her offering of all she had is pure.  Jerusalem’s offering is false.  I almost hear the Lord exclaiming, “What Would I Do?”!   Our widow knows instinctively what to do; not unlike the widow questioned by Elijah a few Sundays ago – offering herself and her only son in trust, wrapped in her bread sacrifice to God.  Trust in the Lord.

What Would I Do?

John tells us we will face brutality and fury, but the Church of God will survive.  The remnant, the Church Militant will survive.  And who can ascend the mountain of the Lord?  (Ps 24:3).  David answers in his Psalm of entrance: you must have clean hands that are sinless; freedom from bribery. You must be of pure heart; is your conscience – God’s voice within us – is it clean?  You must have an aversion to idols; have you identified all your idols?  Are you a slave to anything unhealthy or unwholesome?  And finally you should not have sworn falsely; harming others by lying oaths.  Then you shall receive a blessing from the Lord (Ps 24:5).  Easy to say.  Hard to do.

We only have to listen to the Words of Jesus in yesterday’s Gospel – as Christ the King: “You say I am a king.  For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice” (Jn 18:37).  We have only to follow the truth! Stay awake!

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