I would invite you this week to take time to re-read today’s Gospel passage from Mark 12:38-44. I always have had an affinity for the story of the poor widow who put in her two small coins. Jesus observes her and points her out to his disciples. “She, from her poverty had contributed all that she had, her whole livelihood.” I always think that this would be a great epitaph – something to add to our modest gravestone. I would be a great summary of our life. That at the end of our life – we gave everything back to God. That we entrust our whole livelihood to God. There have been times in my own personal life that I have given everything back to God (like the story that I have told several times about my last 20.00) – and how God gave back to me in multiples.
I want to personally thank you so much for your most abundant generosity. You are great people of faith and trust. I hope that God gives back to you in multiples as well. Thanks to all of you who contributed so that Father Ricardo can receive his own chalice! You were most generous! Thanks for your generosity in taking care of the School that Father Kizito spoke about. You were most generous! Thanks for building this beautiful church sanctuary that is a beacon of hope for the Castle Rock Community! You are most generous!
You are also most generous with your giving of time – serving others, caring for others, reaching out to show God’s hospitality to the poor, the widows, the sick and suffering and those visiting. You are most generous in giving of the time and talents entrusted to you by God.
You guys are the best! Keep doing the great work that you are doing. Blessed are the poor in spirit!