I was cleaning out a box of material when I found this widow’s mite. On my first trip to Israel I purchased this from an antiquities store. The Bible says this in Mark 12:41, “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 fraction of a penny.”
Two mites (Greek lepta) together are worth a “quadrans” the smallest Roman coin. Point? The small sacrifices of the poor mean more to God than the extravagant but proportionately lesser donations of the rich. So how does that affect you today? Why not (1) Take a break from all the noise of life today. Spend some time in meditation or just sit silently it will do you a world of good. As you sit think about those struggling just to have food. (2) Laugh at the advertisements you will see today, especially those that inform you its possible to buy happiness.
Peter Maurin, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement said, “The world would be better off if people tried to become better. And people would become better if they stopped trying to become better off.” Give something of yourself today rather than taking. Lift someone up today with a card, a call with a “mite” of hope. Amen.