Good morning ladies,
The word of the day is “exiguous.” I really enjoy this passage because it is at the end of a chapter filled with stories of JC and all of the big dawgs of the day. Right now, we are in the middle of election season, and I continue to see and hear politicians give their opponents beat-downs; it seems that the better a candidate can slander his or her opposition, the more they feel it will help their own campaign. Well, the Pharisees figured that if they could slander JC enough, or give him enough hard situations, that he would eventually slip up. The verses here are following Jesus having to deal with the Pharisees.
As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” ~Mk 12:38-40
My question is: what are the things that you give to God in your life? Does he get the best, or what is left over, or even nothing at all? Although this woman in the above passage gave out of her exiguous status, what she gave was much more than all of those rich guys put together. While the Pharisees and other teachers of law were busy in their own self-righteousness and trying to catch Jesus in some kind of lie, this woman humbly brought everything she had and gave it to God. My prayer is that you take the lead from this woman, and think of one place in your life where you could maybe give God just a bit more.
Praying for you,