Posted November 25, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

The Poor Widow’s Contribution

那時,耶穌舉目一望,看見有錢的人把獻儀投入奉獻箱裏。他又看見一個貧苦的寡婦,把兩文錢投入裏面,遂說:「我實在告訴你們:這個窮寡婦比眾人投入的都多,因為眾人都是拿他們多餘的投入,作為給天主的獻儀;而這個寡婦卻是從她的不足中,把她所有的一切生活費都投進去了。」
路加福音 21:1-4

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耶穌在指責過一些吞沒寡婦家產的經師之後,祂在今天的福音中稱讚一位寡婦的施捨。這位寡婦把兩文錢﹣﹣她乞討得來的生活費﹣﹣全獻給天主。

凡我們獻給天主的,只要是全心全意,都是中悅天主的。祂不計較我們把多少獻儀投入奉獻箱中,祂在乎我們的心意,而不在於物質。

從耶穌對這位窮寡婦的稱讚,我們明白到要全心奉獻,需要的是一份意志,一個正確的意向,和對天主的一份愛。當我們抱著這樣的態度去面對一切時﹣﹣即使我們所擁有的不多,但都把僅有的獻上,天主不單不會嫌棄,反之會欣然接納我們的奉獻。祂將跟這些全心奉獻的人分享永恆的賞報。

(本文以英文為準)

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

Our Lord having rebuked the covetousness of the Scribes who devoured widows’ houses, commends the almsgiving of a widow; as it is said, “And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting into the treasury, &c.”

Now there was a chest with an opening at the top placed near the altar, on the right hand of those entering the house of God, into which the Priests cast all the money, which was given for the Lord’s temple. But our Lord as He overthrows those who trade in His house, so also He remarks those who bring gifts, giving praise to the deserving, but condemning the bad. Hence it follows, “And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in there two small coins.”

She offered two small coins, which she had earned for her daily living, or what she daily begs for at the hands of others she gives to God, showing that her poverty is fruitful to her. Therefore does she surpass the others, and by a just award receives a crown from God; as it follows, “Of a truth I say to you, that this poor widow has cast in more, &c.”

For whatever we offer with the whole heart is well pleasing to God, who has respect to the heart, not the substance, nor does He weigh the amount of that which is given in sacrifice, but the percentage of the total which it is taken as it follows, “For all these have cast in of their abundance, but she all that she had.”

In all cases the will is needed, a right disposition, and a love towards God. If we do all things like this, though having little we give little, God will not turn away His face, but will receive it as great and admirable: for He regards the will, not the gifts: and if He see that to be great, He assigns His decrees and judges accordingly, and makes them partakers of His everlasting reward.

參考 References:
Catena Aurea (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Glossa Ordinaria
On the Gospel of Luke (St. Bede the Venerable)
Sermon 138, Commentary on Luke (St. Cyril of Alexandria)
Homily 1 on Hebrews (St. John Chrysostom)


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