32nd Sunday O.T. – 2018

 

 32nd Sunday O.T.  – 2018

 

“she (has given) from her poverty”

  

I think that there is no person who wouldn’t like to receive anything. All of us like gifts. It does no matter what it is as long as we receive it. It gets worse if it comes to giving. We are able to find 1000 excuses not to give. The major one being: “I am poor” or “I have nothing”.

 

I think that the spirit of giving does not start with having plenty or even only a thing. It does not begin somewhere outside of us but deeply in us, in our hearts. There will always be someone who has less than we do; there will always be someone in a greater need than we.

 

The “receiving” and “giving” are connected with each other very much. The one cannot exist without the other. When we learn the “giving”, we are getting ready for “receiving”.

 

Jesus is praising the poor widow who “has contributed (..) her whole livelihood” – “two small coins”. In reality – it is not much, for her – everything! Was she smart? – some may ask. No, she was not, she was full of hope that God will not leave her alone. She trusted Him with whole of her heart.

 

May be she has heard Jesus saying: “Ask and you shall receive, give and it will be given to you”? When God is saying something, it is not to the wind; when He is promising something it is for real. God always keeps His word. Only when we close our heart to “giving”, it is close for receiving as well. In order to receive any gift from God, we need to open our heart with the key that is called – “I give”.

 

Let us close not our hearts to those in need, and we shall receive when we ask.

 

 

Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ

 

 

 

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