Archive for August 2011

Where a Mite is Might

August 19, 2011

Today’s gospel reading contains the story of the widow’s “mite” (an old King James word for a small brass coin). Jesus was watching people put their money into the temple treasury. He noticed the large amounts rich folks were putting in, but then he saw a poor widow place two small copper coins in the offering plate, worth only a fraction of a penny. Jesus quickly huddled his disciples and said to them, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow gave more than all the others. They all contributed out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, gave everything – all she had to live on!” (Mark 12:41-44).

Apparently in the kingdom of God it’s not the amount that matters as much as the sacrifice.

But I wonder if this story is teaching us not only what’s most valuable but also what’s most useful in the kingdom of God — small acts and small amounts that are truly “sacrificed,” i.e. dedicated to God. (more…)