Jesus only wishes us all the best.
You may have seen the representative work Historia Mundi – History of the world. Great deeds of essential people are described there; royal pedigrees, the splendor of royal buildings, and the immense power of monarchs, k, kings or emperors. How small we, simple people, feel next to them. In the Gospel, we heard about a poor widow who threw only two coins into the temple treasury, and the whole Church is talking about her, and she will be talked about until the end of the world.
Why? She showed us the way to the greatest treasure in the eyes of Jesus. He sat in the Jerusalem temple and observed faces, hands, and deeds. He observed hearts. Many rich people came who did not hide anything and gave out a lot of money. Everyone could see how much they lost. A timid widow also comes. She could not compete with the rich. Embarrassed, she threw two small coins into the box. She had no more. Jesus saw this, called his disciples, and evaluated this widow’s act with the words: “This poor widow threw in more than all the others” (Lk 21:3). The reason? The rich only gave from their surplus and did not become poorer; the gift did not hurt them. But she gave everything. Did she not act unwisely? What will she live on? Because she did not hesitate and gave everything, the Lord Jesus praised her. Christ speaks clearly about our genuine and most important need: Not food, not clothing, not an apartment, not a good chaplain’s place, but God! Without God, we would not live for a moment; without him, we are lost!
Dear brothers and sisters, the same Jesus is also mysteriously present among us; he looks at us and observes what we bring to the treasury of his Church. We approach modestly because we get only small coins and a few wallets according to the measure and standards of this world. The words of St. Paul also apply to our congregation: “Just look at your calling, brothers, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, nor many powerful, nor many born” (1 Cor 1:2). Even today, Lord Jesus looks at this, how we approach the “treasury of his Heart”. Ch.”dren approach and bring childhood innocence, sincere religiosity. It is two pennies in the eyes of the world, it is a priceless treasure in the eyes of Jesus. Two young men come and put their marital fidelity into this treasury of God. Parents approach and place their children in the treasury of the Heart of Jesus. Elders and widows arrive, whose life has already been marked by work and crosses. They present their two wallets: a prayer and an offering.
Father died. Shortly before, he called his children and gave them a final warning and instruction: “Children, I want to tell you a little secret before my death. You were often dissatisfied that we always extended our evening prayer a little. You know that I always added a sixth tithe to the rosary,d I told you that it is sacrificed for a special purpose, which I did not reveal to you, but I will tell you now. When I married your mother, on the wedding day, I made a vow in which we promised the Lord God that every day to the rosary, we, will add a sixth tithe for the blessing of the son-priest. Now I die with a good feeling and the thought that not one but three of you have given yourselves to God. We did not tell you this so as not to affect the will of your vocation.” The father died, and the sons remained faithful to their profession.
From modest gifts, Jesus builds the kingdom of God. This is the greatness and dignity of the Christian life. But this also obliges us every time we enter the temple of God when we come to celebrate the Eucharist. Then we should examine ourselves and ask: Am I bringing everything I have? Do I present to God as a sacrificial gift my entire livelihood, my life with its joys and pains, work, effort, and failures? There is nothing more reasonable we can do with our lives than to throw them into the treasury of God’s goodness and mercy. So it will keep its value forever.
Let us, therefore, pray with St. Ignatius: Take, O Lord, accept all my freedom, my memory, reason, and all my will. All that I have or that I rule. You gave it to me, and I give it back to you, Lord. It’s all yours, do with it as you please. Give me only your love and grace because it is enough for me.
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