Today’s scripture readings remind us of the beauty and importance of and obligation to fairness, kindness, charity, humility, and sacrifice – all qualities we, as children of God, are called to have. We are reminded of God’s call to us in a world where power, wealth, prominence, and pride often replace these qualities.
I was so blessed by my four-year-old grandson many years ago with a simple yet perfect example! We were in the car after going to a carnival when his older sister’s (5) balloon popped, and she was in tears. Without hesitation, her brother said, “Please don’t cry,” and gave her his balloon. Though not a dramatic sacrifice in our eyes, it shows us precisely what it was like for the widow who surrendered her entire livelihood. Let us ask ourselves – “what is my balloon?”
God calls us to give even when it hurts, surrender the honorary seat we may deserve, and love, honor, and respect our neighbor. When we think of those who have and continue to give in grand ways, we may feel we have nothing worthy to be shared; however, we all have gifts meant to be given – our kind words, our listening heart, our service, our time, our prayers and most of all our love. Jesus tells us, “Love is more precious than gold or silver.” When we truly love, we are compelled to give that love. Can we imagine a world where universal love overcomes hostility, anger, and the craving to be right?
Empowered by the Eucharist, Jesus calls us to give whatever we are and whatever we have. “Go now to love and serve the Lord.” As we hear these words at the close of each Liturgy, let us heed this call and follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
Blessed are you, our God, for you live forever. Thank you for your mercy, and I praise you with all my heart. Grant me the steadfast knowledge of your presence always, and guide me so I may be a faithful witness to your love, power, and majesty to all. Amen.