The Widow’s Mite – The Lazy Heretic Podcast Episode 07

22.4.2010: Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna

 

The Widow’s Mite

We have finished our series looking at different views on Hell, now we move on to talk about the episode of the Widow’s Mite found in both Luke and Mark’s Gospels

He looked up and saw the rich dropping their offerings into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow dropping in two tiny coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said. “This poor widow has put in more than all of them. For all these people have put in gifts out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”
Luke 21:1-4

Sitting across from the temple treasury, he watched how the crowd dropped money into the treasury. Many rich people were putting in large sums. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two tiny coins worth very little. Summoning his disciples, he said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. For they all gave out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had—all she had to live on.”
Mark 12:41-44

The mite was worth half of the smallest Roman coin.
6mins of an average daily wage.

Why do we have to take it out of the realm of money?
Because people don’t want to give up their money!!!

This is a timely message for the Church in the West today!

The people in the Church should be looking after the widow’s and the orphans. Part of this scene is a critique of the system that should be taking care of this woman who is giving all that she had.

What’s the point of giving money if someone is coming who can’t buy something to eat.

An indictment on us and our churches that put programs and buildings above people. we spend too much time on building something nice when we can see that people are broken, and sin has brought them down, yet we want to buy more stained glass windows.

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Something implied is that Jesus is grieving that this woman has to come to give, rather than to receive from the people who are supposed to look after her.

Translates well into a warning for us. We are blessed with much more than we need, the responsibility comes back on to us to ask what are we doing with our resources?

We should lift people out of systems that have to them smashed down.

World always says ‘Work your arse off and earn money!’

Find your passion, do that and the money will follow. We should be looking at it more as a trust in God issue.

Put God at the centre and he will provide everything that you need. But that is HARD!

Trusting God is SCARY! But it is KEY.

Be wise with the things that you do, don’t be wasteful!

God provides for us to be able to work, and sometimes he miraculously provides as well.

At the end of the day – who do I trust?

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