He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow putting 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)
My friends who are accountants tell me that it is not usually the wealthy people who have a lot of charitable deductions on their taxes. They say that it’s usually the average, middle class taxpayer who feels compelled to give to those who don’t have as much. I guess that shouldn’t be surprising, since Jesus saw the same thing in his own lifetime. He told those who were with him that this widow made a far greater sacrifice than the wealthy because she put in all that she had, trusting that God would provide for her if she provided for those who had less than she did. This is an indictment of the rich, as well as food for thought for those of us who, while we may not be wealthy, have more than we actually need. We need to trust that, if we help those whose needs are greater than our own, God will provide for our needs.
Wondering: How can we open our hearts and eyes to those who need our help?