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The Widow’s Mite

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  • Reading I:  Revelation 14:1-3,4b-5
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 21:1-4

The Widow’s Mite

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus weighs all the contributions given to the Temple and declares that it was the widow’s mite, which to the eyes of all was insignificant in value, which was the heaviest because

those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.

This is a lesson in generosity and true sacrifice. But seen within the perspective of Luke’s interest in economics, the lesson is highlighted. In fact, if Zacchaeus’s willingness to give up a substantial amount of his wealth is a sign of his conversion, and the rich leader’s refusal to give up his wealth is a sign of his greater concern for this life than eternal life, then the poor widow’s mite is a sign of her dedication to God’s House.

Guideline for Actualization

The Temple of Jerusalem has been destroyed, and is now replaced by a new Temple, the Body of Christ, the Church. How would you show your devotion for Christ’s Temple? What service would you render it, that the Lord himself will say "by this service, he/she has offered her life"?

The 144, 000 and the Lamb at Zion

In Revelation 14:1, John presents a scene that contrasts with that of the Beast and its adherents. The Lamb and his adherents, the 144000. The number is ideal; it derives from the number twelve as its base (12x[12×1000]). In 7:3-8 they are presented as those of Israel. But in 14:4b, they are characterized as those who follow the Lamb everywhere he goes, that is, even to the point of death. They are called "first fruits" and are therefore associated with those under the altar (6:9) and with those beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus (20:4). They are therefore martyrs. More, they are virgins. This aspect of their description contrasts them with the Watchers in 1 Enoch. The Watchers are angels that because of their commerce with the daughters of men are defiled and fall from heaven. In contrast, the 144000 are human beings which are exalted to a heavenly status: they are virginal, undefiled and offer their lives for Christ.

More in The Lamb’s Elite

Revelation 14:1-3,4
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1And I beheld, and lo a lamb stood upon mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty-four thousand, having his name, and the name of his Father, written on their foreheads.
2And I heard a voice from heaven, as the noise of many waters, and as the voice of great thunder; and the voice which I heard, was as the voice of harpers, harping on their harps.
3And they sung as it were a new canticle, before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the ancients; and no man could say the canticle, but those hundred forty-four thousand, who were purchased from the earth.
4These are they who were not defiled with women: for they are virgins. These follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were purchased from among men, the firstfruits to God and to the Lamb:
Psalm 24:1
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1On the first day of the week, a psalm for David. The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof: the world, and all they that dwell therein.
Luke 21:1-4
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1And looking on, he saw the rich men cast their gifts into the treasury.
2And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in two brass mites.
3And he said: Verily I say to you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
4For all these have of their abundance cast into the offerings of God: but she of her want, hath cast in all the living that she had.
Revelation 14:1
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1And I beheld, and lo a lamb stood upon mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty-four thousand, having his name, and the name of his Father, written on their foreheads.

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