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Bible reflection: The widow’s mite

Staff  |  20 November 2019

Each week we consider a gospel reading from an upcoming weekday Mass. This week we reflect on Luke’s Gospel on the generosity of a widow.

Gospel reading for Monday, 25 November 2019
Luke 21:1-4

The widow’s mite

As Jesus looked up, he saw rich people putting their offerings into the treasury; then he happened to notice a poverty-stricken widow putting in two small coins, and he said, ‘I tell you truly, this poor widow has put in more than any of them; for these have all contributed money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in all she had to live on.’ 


  • How do you give? Is there an underlying expectation of reciprocity or perhaps recognition for your generosity?
  • Do you put conditions on your giving? i.e. I will donate money but I’m entitled to say what it should be spent on?
  • When you donate your time or money, do you give everything you have?

Reflection from
Monday, 25 November 2019
Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20. Daniel 3:52-56. Luke 21:1-4.
Glory and praise forever – Daniel 3:52-56
‘Jesus looked up and … noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins’

Jesus, like the great philosophers of ancient times, did not teach in a classroom; instead he taught on foot in public places observing the lives of the people who passed in front of him. In today’s gospel he is in the marketplace near a place of worship, having just warned his disciples against the ostentatious practice of piety – no doubt being demonstrated before their eyes. He turns his gaze to those placing gifts in the treasury and catches sight of the widow who has given all she had.

Jesus, you invite me to give of myself in your presence. You point out this widow’s generosity before the eyes of all the people. Pour forth your grace within my heart so that my goodness may flow abundantly into the lives of those among whom I live and work. Be for me my companion on the way to fullness of life.



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