“Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.” (Mark 12:43)
Many of us are very familiar with the story of the poor widow who put in the two coins. This is regularly a good stewardship lesson about giving to the church no matter how little you think you have. But there is a much more important message taught here.
Jesus called his disciples to him in the first place to see, to behold this neglected woman. She is living in a time when women were even less cared for in the so called men’s world than they are today. We still have much work to do to bring about total equality for women. But this woman, of a deceased husband, refuses to just shrink into obscurity. By her presence she declares to the town “I AM HERE, I AM A MEMBER OF YOU!”
We must recognize her. We must take care of her. We must include her in work, in play and in worship. Jesus calls our attention to look past the amount she puts in. Jesus makes us look at her hand as she releases the coins and then let our eyes follow up her sleeve to see her face. We must claim her face, love her, and include her. She demands it and so does Jesus. This woman is in our midst today still writing small checks insisting that she is a member of us. And she is. Thank You Jesus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.