31He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; 2 he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3 He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; 4 for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.
We kicked off the season of Epiphany remembering the trek of the wisemen following a star. I was wondering whether the wise men were expecting some grand palace at the end of the star’s trek (pardon the pun) across the sky. Instead, they find a smelly, humble stable full of barnyard animals with some homeless people and a squawking baby. The “stables” in life give us perspective – they tell us how high our stars are. Likewise, the “stars” in life tell us to look deeper, that humble tasks and supposedly insignificant things are truly meaningful. No amount of stewardship is too small; all work is worthy; all contributions are significant. The widow emulates this very truth by giving freely from what she has without worry. She models the humility and radical grace experienced in Jesus, but also reminds us that a call to Christ is not glamorous or filled with success; it’s humbling and surprising and deeply satisfying.