32th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B)
There is both a warning and an invitation in this Sunday’s gospel. First the warning: beware of seeking honors from men. Do not look for approval from your peers. Do not try to appear to be what you are not. God sees what is hidden and we cannot deceive him.
The story of the widow that gave out of her want is a double invitation. The first invitation is to not judge others. Again, only God sees the heart. Only Jesus, among the many who were present in the temple, realizes the real value of the two small coins the poor widow has put in the treasury. The second invitation is an invitation to generosity, to give from the heart, to remember that there are others who have nothing and that it is not just our duty but our privilege to serve them.
May this passage help us to understand that we are here to do God’s work by supporting the mission of the Church with a generous heart. God bless you!