June 21, 2018
Dear College Community,
Among the many powerful lessons within the New Testament, one of the most challenging is found in both the 12th chapter of Mark and the 21st chapter of Luke. Jesus and his disciples are at the Temple in Jerusalem as they witness people bringing their offerings.
A frail, old woman brings two copper coins, the equivalent of a penny in our time. I imagine the sound, as she drops the coins into the receptacle, being hollow or muffled ... not like the large heavy coins brought by those with more resources. This sacrificial offering caught the attention of Jesus, and using it as a teachable moment, he stated that she had given more than all the others for she gave not of her abundance, but rather of her substance.