Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The first and second reading and the Gospel speak of generosity that is sacrificial. In the first reading from 1 Kings 17:10-17, Elijah encounters a widow who has enough food for her son and herself but who was prepared to share the little she had with a stranger. As a result, the very little was able to satisfy them without being used up. Sacrificial generosity.
In the second reading we see Jesus himself making the ultimate sacrifice out of his generous love for us all. He sacrificed his life by giving his life as a ransom for all. But it is in the Gospel that the message is spelt out. Mark tells us that people were putting money into the treasury. A poor widow put in a little from the little she had. Jesus told his disciples that that widow “put in more than all who contributed to the treasury.” Why? They gave from their excess, she gave from her little. Sacrificial generosity.
Message. Jesus recognizes and praises generosity that is sacrificial. He praises all who give generously; not from what they have left over, but from what they themselves need, what they have to depend on. Sacrificial generosity.
Fr. Clement Paul.