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Read Mark 12:38-44



Read Mark 12:38-44

38 As he taught them, he said, “Watch out for the teachers of the Law, who like to walk around in their long robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplace, 39 who choose the reserved seats in the synagogues and the best places at feasts. 40 They take advantage of widows and rob them of their homes, and then make a show of saying long prayers. Their punishment will be all the worse!”

41 As Jesus sat near the Temple treasury, he watched the people as they dropped in their money. Many rich men dropped in a lot of money; 42 then a poor widow came along and dropped in two little copper coins, worth about a penny. 43 He called his disciples together and said to them, “I tell you that this poor widow put more in the offering box than all the others. 44 For the others put in what they had to spare of their riches; but she, poor as she is, put in all she had—she gave all she had to live on.”


In Mark 12:30 Jesus reiterates the command to 'love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength'.  As the disciples watch the poor widow put in her last coins they see her love in action.  In that moment they are able to see her as greater than all the scribes, pharisees and religious show-offs.


Teach me to love and trust you with all the passion and dedication of that widow who gives her last two coins.

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