The Widow’s Mite

by Travis Prinzi on November 11, 2012

This morning’s text was on the widow’s mite. John the Lutheran has a provocative perspective on it:

…we’re not meant to read Jesus’ words with a warm sentimental glow that makes us dig a little deeper – but not too deep, eh? – into our own pockets. Rather, we should share his mixture of anger and sorrow at any religious-political system that would leave a widow with virtually nothing to live on – and then extract even that from her for its own purposes.

Ironic that this was the lectionary’s text the week before St. Michael’s Ingathering Sunday (the Sunday that the monetary pledges for next year are due). Big props to Father Eric for not turning it into a tear-jerking plea for money, but keeping the focus on the kingdom.

I’m getting off topic on my first post in years. Anyway, your thoughts on John’s interpretation here?

Oh, by the way, I’m writing here again.

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1 Chris Whitler November 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm

A welcome surprise to see this show up in my google reader today. And, holy smokes! I have never heard this perspective on this passage ever. I have only heard it used to encourage sacrificial giving. Of course, it seems Jesus is quite touched by the woman’s sacrifice but also not too impressed by the building she gave to maintain. Thinking on this story and the widow brings to mind the honored lady Lewis encounters in the Great Divorce and why “all souls day” is just as important as “all saints”.

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