Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which makes a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood." ~Mark 12:41-44
We will get back to the widow shortly, but first let us take a look at the events leading up to this point. This is not a random event.
Jesus has just made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding in a donkey. He knows the trial and execution are ahead and He is ready to face His accusers, the religious leaders of the Sanhedran. They have been waiting like snakes for the opportunity to challenge Him.
As He is leading His disciples, He curses a fruitless fig tree. He proceeds to the temple where He overturns tables and chases out the money changers of the fruitless "den of thieves" that it has become. Later they notice that the fig tree has withered and died as deeds of wickedness eventually do. (Mark 11:12-24)
He teaches His disciples how to keep an attitude of faithful prayer and forgiveness. They are going to need to know how to handle all that is coming. (Mark 11:25-26)
All too soon there is another encounter with the accusers who relentlessly question His authority. He has them dumbfounded and outraged. He compares them to wicked vine dressers who have rejected the truth and destroyed the vineyard. They challenge Him about taxes, about the resurrection, the Kingdom of God, and the submission of King David. Boom, boom, boom, the scene is intense. (Mark 11:27- 12:37)
He uses the opportunity to teach the disciples about the hypocrisy they are witnessing as these leaders obliviously live it up, while the vulnerable are left to fend for themselves. (Mark 12:38-40)
It is here that our sweet little widow enters the scene. Unaware of the chaos and minding her own business, she comes to the Temple to make her faithful offering before God. As women, we can relate to her vulnerability. She is older, single and very poor. And whether or not she notices, Jesus sees her and praises her faith. We know He makes a little go a long way.
Her example is seared into history. Her two mites were and still are mighty. Stay mighty faithful, beloved ones, He sees you also, your offerings not just of mere tithing, but also of love, prayer, study, time, effort and faith.
Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." ~Jesus, Luke 12:7