Trust God Completely


22 NOVEMBER 2021

WORD of the DAY 

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.” (Luke 21: 1-4)

How shall I live this Word?  

We have recently heard this Word on the 32nd Sunday of ordinary time, and today the liturgy proposes it to us again. It is a well-known text in which Jesus clearly highlights how this woman represents the identity of those who are called to be disciples. “Jesus looked up … he saw the rich … he also saw a poor widow”. Jesus raises His gaze and sees. He sees people throwing their coins into the temple treasury; among them He sees some rich people and a poor widow. His attention rests precisely on the contrast between those who throw in the superfluous and those who give everything they have. They ‘throw in’ the superfluous, and they do it only after having sheltered their life, their well-being, their comfort. It is a giving that does not introduce any change in one’s existence, that does not renew anything, and does not take away anything.

The woman is alone, a widow; however, even if she is the least among the last, she does not close herself inside her condition, allowing herself to be paralyzed, but rather she chooses to live by advancing courageous and serene, in the midst of everyone. The woman throws her life into the arms of the one Lord who can give meaning, certainty, depth, and richness to her existence. This woman gives everything to the Lord, in the certainty that this means receiving everything. This woman thus manifests her total trust in God, the trust of those who know that He will be the one to provide for her.

This is what the Lord asks of each of us and that makes us truly His disciples. Are we capable of this trust? Or instead, do we often bet everything on our strength, intelligence, will, on our abilities and on our material wealth. And if we miss even one of these, we are unable to face life. We are tempted to want to keep ‘everything under control’ by struggling for that attitude of the woman to abandon ourselves to Him. Furthermore, we always want to ‘be sure’ and so we find it hard to give our all completely; we always hold back something. ‘Yes, I trust God but in the meantime I hold back something too!’ Without total trust in Him the power of God does not manifest itself in our life. Disciples are completely entrusted people. Today’s Gospel tells us to behave like this widow, if you trust God, He will fully provide for everything.

Lord, please open my heart like this widow to know how to entrust myself completely to You.  Jesus, help me!

The Voice of  Herman Hesse

Faith, like love, does not pass through reason.


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