He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
When I was in seminary, and dating Carolyn, we certainly didn’t have much money. Our dates were frugal affairs. Perhaps something free, an ice cream, a walk around campus, watching TV. If we saved our money, we could enjoy a movie and dinner at an inexpensive restaurant, or maybe join some friends at a local tavern, where we nursed our beers. But we always had fun. We were young, getting to know one another, getting an education. We had life in abundance.
It is easy for us to hear the words of the widow’s mite, and think it doesn’t apply to us. After all, students don’t have much money. We may rarely think we have something we can give away to help others. But if we look more deeply into our lives, we will probably find we have abundance in one form or another.
We may have knowledge, or enthusiasm, or commitment, or faith, or doubt, or a thirst for life. Jesus offers us a lesson in what we might call a generosity of spirit. There is always something we have in abundance to share with others to help serve the mission of Jesus to bring healing and reconciliation to the world. Abundance is within us. Our faith will bring it out of us. We just have to look for abundance.