In his teaching Jesus said, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted obsequiously in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets; these are the men who swallow the property of widows, while making a show of lengthy prayers. The more severe will be the sentence they receive.’
He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the treasury, and many of the rich put in a great deal. A poor widow came and put in two small coins, the equivalent of a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘I tell you solemnly, this poor widow has put more in than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on.’
Once more Mark presents us with a model of virtue in a nameless person, one of Israel’s little ones: contrasting her with the powerful who lack the particular virtue she manifests so beautifully.
How well Jesus sees. In the midst of the business of the Temple he spots this woman, and understands what she is about.
- What have you noticed today? What have you not noticed? Or not noted as well as you might?
- Perhaps you can find time at the end of the day to review the day and see if that review helps you notice things you did not have had time to attend to during the day. If there are, let them prompt you to thanksgiving, contrition, praise as seems to you right.
Poppies in the Holy Land. Sunday is also Remberance Sunday. (c) 2012, Allen Morris.