Lent 2009 – 5 Final Steps to the Cross

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Tuesday of Passion Week

As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts our of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4)

Peter must have been still mulling over Jesus’ previous scorn toward the Pharisees who made a great show of their religiosity but who possessed no true faith in their hearts. Pointing out the sacrificial giving of the widow, the Lord makes the same point a second time. While others give for show a small portion of their wealth, the widow was fully committed. She gave all that she had to live on as a gift to the temple treasury, trusting in God to provide for her needs. Sacrifice is the name of the game.

Are you all in?

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