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Weekend Reflections for 11/9/18

The Lord often invites you and me to give beyond our comfort zones.  In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus extols the generosity of the poor widow who contributes just a few coins to the temple treasury, while those around her offer much greater amounts of wealth.  The difference is that the others contribute from their excess, but she from her need. 

This woman shows a lot of chutzpah, for it could easily be intimidating to offer a few coins at the same time those around us are offering significant portions.  Why would we even bother?

This leads to our possible "take home" from this story.  Often the Lord invites us, even in very simple ways, to contribute.  We ought to join in the singing at Mass, for instance, even if we don't have a great voice.  We ought to contribute 10% of our income to good causes, even if our income is small.  We ought to find small ways to benefit the lives of those who suffer want or loneliness, helping them to find their belovedness again.

All these opportunities allow ourselves to be stretched, and--surprises of surprises--to gain the attention of our admiring Lord.  

-Fr. Anthony Wieck, SJ