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The Gospel reading at Mass today recounts the scene when Jesus sat down across from the Temple Treasury and watched the people putting money into it. He spied a poor widow who “put in two small coins worth a few cents” – the famous “widow’s mite”. Jesus explained that she “put in more than all the other contributors”. This wonderful hopeful story touches on a theme that recurs in various ways in the New Testament. Remember when Jesus spoke about having faith “the size of a mustard seed”?
Here are some other examples:
“God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” I Cor 1:27
“…for when I am weak, then I am strong.” II Cor 12:10
St. Paul says that God spoke these words to him:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” II Cor 12:9
Christ too came in “weakness”, first as a tiny unborn baby, then an infant, toddler and so on. He took on our weaknesses as part of His Incarnation. He even singled out the “least” to identify with them in a most special manner: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” (Mt 25:40) And we know that the unborn are among the “least of the least”. Where Christ is, there is hope…
Now this relates to the world’s current struggle between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death. And it is again the amazing St. Paul who reveals this mystery of Providence to us: “…where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…” (Rom 5:20) St. Paul is pointing not to a half empty glass of sin but to a glass already half full of Grace and rising, continuing to fill even more. We live in a culture that is rampant with sins, and among these abortion is near the top of the list – quite possibly at the top – yet God is pouring out His Grace on our world to bring about a pro – life surge of awareness and awakening! Rejoice!
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