“I tell you solemnly, this poor widow has put in more that all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they had over, but she from the little she has put in everything she possessed.” (Mk 12:43-44).
This scripture passage from today’s Gospel raises the question of money. The poor widow in the Gospel contributed only two cents. But Our Lord Jesus comments that it was worth more than all the other contributions because she was generous: she put in all the money she had! Money is an important part of our lives, because what we do with our money tells an awful lot about our values and who we are. Not only do we reflect upon what we do with our money, but also what our money does to us! We never think of it this way do we? The way we spend our money actually shapes us. What the money does to us is very important. It crafts our spirit. It sculpts us. The way we spend our money shapes the look on our faces, our lips, our whole expression, our soul, our spirit. When we give generously to the Lord and to each other, it makes our spirit richer and our face kinder. Isn’t it true that you can tell if a person is more generous than greedy just by the look on their face? Just by the way they interact with others? They are more patient, kinder, they are gentle and compassionate. This weekend, we are presenting our Annual Financial Report to you at all of the Masses. It will indicate to you that while we still have a very good spirit of generosity here at Blessed Sacrament, things are changing somewhat. Quite honestly, it is alarming that our income is going down, less than last year. Our collections are bringing in less as it seems that folks are holding back from donating more to their parish when they can. I don’t know the reasons why this is happening, but if we keep on this downward trend we can lessen our chance for a bright future, and maybe not even be around! So as we listen to the Annual Financial Report this weekend, let us listen with the heart of the poor widow, who through her amazing generosity was close to God’s heart!! ~ Fr. John