Today I feel led to write about Jesus and his treatment, opinion and honor of women. Seems to me he went out of his way to level them with men who traditionally put us in a lower category. 2,000 years ago, Jesus was pretty advanced. I am thinking of the story of “The Widow’s Mite”. Apparently, people were lined up, dropping various sums of money into the offering plate, and those who were watching commented on how large some of the donations were.
Jesus had noticed a widow in line, who dropped in a tiny amount, but he recognized it was all she had to live on. In other words, she gave it ALL. He said, “She has put in more than anyone else.” This truthful observation shocked some who did not even notice the mite, as it fell among the gold and silver beneath it.
I can picture her moving forward, being jostled about in her faded clothing, aware of her lowly status in such a crowd. Her feet were probably hurting, and maybe she had poor vision. But she was on a mission. She had a penny in her hand, and she wanted to make an offering. Without fanfare, she let it drop into the receptacle and Jesus noticed. This tiny event from such a long time ago is recorded in the Bible because Jesus said, “All the others put in out of their wealth, but she out of her poverty, put in all she had to live on.”
All she had to live on. Seriously? If all I had was five dollars, and had not had lunch yet, I doubt I’d drop it into the offering plate at church! Yet this is what she did, and without expectation of any kind of return.
Jesus recognized her for doing so, and despite the many lofty thoughts running through his mind on this ordinary day, commented on it. It was included in the Bible for all posterity. A singular honor for a mite.
The widow gave 100%. Jesus noticed. He found it remarkable.