Holy Week 2020 Wednesday
Then He said to them in His teaching, "Beware of the scribes, who go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation." 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 make up a quadrans (to very small coins that made up a small coin, ) and He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all of 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."
Jesus shows us our blind spots
Jesus tells us that what we see may not be what the Lord sees. In the gospel of Matthew ( Matthew 23), Matthew records a blistering rendition of Jesus' words to the scribes and Pharisees and here in Mark it is recorded in a shorter way but it is the same result. That is that we all have blind spots to what God is doing and how He sees things. He points out to the disciples and to us that we all have blind spots to what we see in our walk of faith. The commandments, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself" is exemplified by the widow who gave her all to the Lord to help her neighbor which showed her Love. We all have blind spots in our walk of faith because of a lot of reasons like how we grew up or other thins. As we are going through Holy week and beyond let's ask the Lord to reveal our blind spots and trust that when we like the widow put our faith into action Jesus notices it because it is fulfilling the two commandments that the whole law and the prophets rest on.