Mark – The Facts.
How many of us go to large events where all kinds of people go and miss really seeing things right in front of you? I actually like to go and watch people, not in a creepy, stalking manner, but just to see their faces and wonder how they do life? Our faces show a lot of what is happening in our hearts. We only need to look closer. We need to notice.
In our next passage, Jesus notices all that is going on in the busy temple. He notices the religion scholars, pompously walking around, calling attention to themselves with all their smartatudeness. (Yes, I do make up words from time to time. You get it.) He notices the rich who make a big racket as they throw their coins into the offering basket. If you throw it from a distance, it makes more noise and calls attention to the greatest of your “sacrificial” offering.
Then He notices a widow who comes to the offering box and slips in her two coins, hoping no one notices the amount. Jesus knows her and knows her story because He is, well, Jesus, Son of God. So he uses her story as an example, another teachable moment, to those around him. “All the others gave what they’ll never miss, she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford–she gave her all.”
I will be thinking about this all day long. I am always touched deeply by the words, “she gave her all.” I also think about our attitudes when we give what we don’t want or need, broken and tattered, to a charity, church for missions, or other friends who need it. Mm. Is that what God asks of us? Like I said, I going to think/meditate on this today. How about you?
What can we give that we will miss and take up some of our precious time to help someone else in the journey? Mm. God answers prayers like these…sometimes before we pray it. Obey the prompts of His Holy Spirit.
Mark 12, The Message
38-40 He continued teaching. “Watch out for the religion scholars. They love to walk around in academic gowns, preening in the radiance of public flattery, basking in prominent positions, sitting at the head table at every church function. And all the time they are exploiting the weak and helpless. The longer their prayers, the worse they get. But they’ll pay for it in the end.”
41-44 Sitting across from the offering box, he was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions. One poor widow came up and put in two small coins—a measly two cents. Jesus called his disciples over and said, “The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together. All the others gave what they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all.”
Love God. Love Others. Revolutionary.
In Jesus Name, Amen