The Ultimate Offering

Mark 11:41-44 41

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Are we willing to serve Our Lord? What are we willing to offer up for Him? How much are we willing to offer up for Him? Jesus Christ, Our Lord, and Savior, willingly died on the Cross to save us. We must remember that Christ did all of those consciously, choosing to protect us from eternal damnation. Imagine the pain, the fear, the misery, the loneliness our Lord must have gone through, taking the form and flesh of a true man. All of these he did out of service, out of genuine care, out of pure love!

As Jesus watched, he saw rich people, people of high material and political standing, putting their money in the temple treasury; where people put their gifts for god. These people placed vast amounts of money.

Jesus created Perfect Man and Perfect God, knew that these amounts were only a fraction of what they can honestly give. A poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins. Christ knew that it was everything that the woman owned. How was she able to do that? She did it out of service, out of genuine care, out of pure love!

As we go through our days, going through our daily tasks, let us watch, as Christ has watched those people giving in the temple, for opportunities to turn all our thoughts all our actions to be of the highest value in the eyes our Lord. How? Do you ask? By being ‘contemplatives,’ may we take the time to contemplate, the root word being ‘temple,’ a place where we make things Holy by offering them up to God. And we cannot just offer it up; we need to ‘add value’ to our thoughts and actions by adding love to the equation.

“Lord, thank you for giving me a heart of gratitude. Help me, with all my strength, with all my heart, and with all my mind. So I could add love to all of my thoughts and deeds. May I learn, through your grace, to love you more, through the tasks I go through, through the people, the souls I interact with. Amen.”