Reflection for 9 March 2021
Reading Luke 21:1-4
“Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.”
Jesus notices the poor widow. He understands the sacrifice those two small coins are for her.
How many temple goers failed to see her, or saw the small contribution she was making to the treasury?
Jesus saw her, he recognised who she was and what she did, and held her up as an example to those who probably ignored her that day.
Jesus recognises their hypocrisy, those who were so full of their own importance, their tithing, their righteousness, their standing in the worshiping community.
Those same people who neglect the poor and marginalised not only in temple worship, but outside the temple when they leave and get on with their lives.
Jesus call those who worship, those who follow him, to look at those we encounter each day with his eyes.
To value the gifts that are brought however insignificant they appear.
Jesus, as we sit before you, who do you want us to notice today?
What do you want us to do to help those who feel they have little or nothing to give?
Forgive us for the times we have not noticed those who are part of our community.
Help us to give as generously as you give to us each day.