The Two Little Copper Coins Of The Poor Widow. MS/2019/26

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The Two Little Copper Coins Of The Poor Widow calls to mind the classic narrative recorded in the gospel. Jesus looked round and saw rich men dropping their gifts in the temple treasury, and he also saw a very poor widow dropping in two little copper coins. He said, I tell you that this poor widow put in more than all the others. For the others offered their gifts from what they had to spare of their riches; but she, poor as she is , gave all she had to live on”. (Lk.21:1-4)

This story reflects the perfect charity to which all Christian’s are called to. What we celebrate at Christmas is God’s mite, the birth of Jesus Christ the saviour. His coming is shrouded in the simplicity of the two little copper coins of the poor widow. In the words of St Paul, …of his own free will, he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant”.(Phil.2:7). Like the poor widow in the gospel, Jesus Christ gave himself to the entire humanity through the Paschal mystery. Therefore christian’s, if true to the name, should give all in service to all others.

Nobody is too poor to give in charity. Since Christmas is a celebration of Christ’s incarnation and the sharing of his divinity in the symbolism of God’s mite, we must be ready to offer something in the temple treasury of our neighbors.

Moreso, the spiritual sensitivity of Jesus Christ is needed today more than ever to observe and show regard for the many people who in charity give all that they live on to the church, society and their families. These gifts, appearing as insignificant as the two little copper coins should be appreciated as Christ did in the context of the giver and his/her faith in God.

So in the noisy festivity of Christmas, it might be necessary to pay attention to these and similar questions:

1.  Do I have an open and we’ll prepared heart ❤️ to receive God’s mite, Jesus Christ?

2.  Am I ready to share God’s message of joy with those around me by offering my own mite?

3.  Am I conscious of those around me whose little offerings are not little before God?

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