Giving My Entire Two Cents
Malvern Minute


November 27, 2017 – Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Stay awake! For you do not know when the Son of Man will come. Alleluia, alleluia!


Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (


Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (21:1-4)


When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people
putting their offerings into the treasury
and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.
He said, “I tell you truly,
this poor widow put in more than all the rest;
for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”


Reflect: She, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood. The poor widow put in, maybe, two cents worth, but she gets noticed by Jesus before all the wealthy people who were contributing a lot more. Perhaps the wealthy contributed more to the bottom line of the temple treasury, but Jesus was much more interest in what was given out of love. The poor widow gave absolutely all that she had because she believed that God deserved all that she had – even if it was, in the eyes of the world, a measly two cents. She wasn’t contributing to be noticed, but she was giving her entire net worth because she loved God and trusted that giving all she had to her beloved made all the sense in the world. So where do we fall in the spectrum of giving? Are we pouring out all that we have for the glory and honor of God, or are we giving enough out of our surplus to be recognized by others? At the end of the day, the monetary value isn’t what is so important, but what counts is whether our actions and choices contribute to the building up of the Kingdom of God. Those who are Saints are separated from the rest of us because they’ve reached a point where all of their life decisions are held up by the foundation of a fundamental choice of their unwavering love for God. Nothing else matters.  The opinion of the world doesn’t matter. The recognition by others doesn’t matter. Their status on anyone’s list of greatness doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that their lives are lived out of a wholehearted love of and service to God and neighbor. Giving their two cents means everything!


Questions: Is God worth giving my last two cents? What sits as the fundamental foundation of my life? Would I keep on choosing to love and serve God even if the entire world judged me to be worth nothing for doing so?


Pray: Loving God, stir up in me an unwavering conviction that you are worth giving all that I have and all that I am no matter if all the world believes differently.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.


Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world!



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