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Luke 21:1-4

Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on." 

Luke 21:1-4
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    • Generosity is all relative, of course. Solomon prayed: Keep me from sacrifices that cost me nothing. Teach me true large-heartedness like that of the poor widow, a generosity that gives in secret, left hand not knowing what right hand is doing, and that gives until it hurts. Lord it does not matter what others see of my actions or neglect. You see into my heart and know my generosity or selfishness. Save me, Lord, from sacrifices that cost me nothing. True generosity is not so much giving what I can easily spare as giving what I can't easily do without.
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    • It is not the amount which counts, but the heart with which it is given.
    • ‘She, out of her poverty, has put in all she had to live on.’ I ask this unnamed woman to help me to put in at least something from my abundance.
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    • In today’s reading Jesus reproaches the rich people who give out of their abundance, whilst this poor widow gives everything that she has to live on! .What matters is not the amount you give, but the amount you keep for yourself! This woman’s faith in Jesus was expressed in this wonderful gesture.
    • Lord, help us to be generous and share the many gifts you have bestowed on us. Help us to help those who cannot help themselves, teach us how to give and not count the cost.
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    • The trust of the poor widow was seen by Jesus. I ask for God’s help to see the best in the small and impoverished everyday gestures that I might notice. I bring these moments before God for blessing.
    • Talk of recession makes us cautious. Generosity can be a sign of the goodness of God. In a time of constraint it may be all the more necessary.