Daily Reflection for Monday, November 23, 2020
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Revelation 14: 1-3, 4B-5
Responsorial: Psalm 24: 1BC-2, 3-4AB, 5-6
Gospel: Luke 21: 1-4
Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
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.” Luke 21:3-4
This scripture reading brings up painful memories from almost twenty years ago. I entered into a business partnership with two others, whom I naïvely trusted. I was investing financially, while they were investing their time and supposed expertise. During one of our meetings, one of the “partners” commented, to me, “You are donating from your surplus (retirement savings), while we’re donating from our poverty.”
Wham. He hit me with guilt by quoting Scripture. Over the next several months, I loaned a lot of money to them which they used as personal income. When it came time to pay me back, they declared bankruptcy and I lost.
So, this reading from Luke brings back the pain and a reminder of my stupidity. It troubles me still that now almost twenty years later, I haven’t fully let go of and completely forgiven them.
But I could also read this same scripture and, instead of the painful memories, I could remember my mother, who really was a poor widow. Yet she generously gave to her church, many charities and people from what little she had. Giving from her poverty was an example of her whole livelihood. Mom couldn’t say no—to charities, to her sons, even to salespeople who would show up at the door. Giving was built into her.
Some would call her a sucker and naïve. However, she would probably also find comfort and trust in the words from today’s reading from Psalms that the earth and its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it belong to the Lord. Throughout her life she longed to see the face of God.
Peace and blessings,