“Jesus glanced up and saw the rich putting their offerings into the treasury, and also a poor widow putting in two copper coins.  At that He said:  ‘I assure you, this poor widow has put in more than all the rest.  They make contributions out of their surplus, but she from her want has given what she could not afford—every penny she had to live on.’”  [Luke 21:1-4]

The lesson I take from this scripture passage assigned for today is not about economic security but rather of generosity and trust.  This poor woman in her soul was moved to give everything she had to the temple.  Her reward, I feel, was both a greater trust in her God and the joy that comes from unselfish giving for a greater good.

The message for this recovering alcoholic is:  I want to give my entire problem with alcohol over to God, not holding on to any reservation for today.  Having done so, I am assured of a closer relationship with my God in total trust and an inner joy that comes from abandoning myself to His mercy and compassion.  For me, this formula never fails.  This makes living today not only worthwhile but full of a quietness in The Lord’s precious care of me.

A fine prayer that might be used today is the following:

Dearest Lord,

Teach me to be generous;

Teach me to serve You as You deserve:

To give, and not count the cost;

To fight, and not to heed the wounds;

To toil, and not to seek for rest;

To labor, and not to ask for reward,

Except that of knowing that

I am doing Your Will.

Amen.

These thoughts offered by Brother Richard Hittle, S.J., a grateful 1980 graduate of Guest House and an employee since 2004.