Then Jesus said to them, "How can they say that the Messiah is David's son? For David himself says in the book of Psalms, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool."' David thus calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?" In the hearing of all the people he said to the disciples, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets. They devour widows' houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation."
He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.” Luke 20:41—21:4
Two Small Copper Coins
Oh mother, you have always given all
your heart was moved by others' needs
you took in children that had no home
and found a seat at the table for the lost.
Oh mother, you make food go far
and pray even for the abusers
never complaining about your own lack
thanking God for your many blessings.
Oh mother, the priests scorn you as simple
others think you foolish or naive
God knows you as a beloved child
and neighbors call your humble house home.
Oh mother, may we all learn from you
who offers food and comfort for everyone
may we honor you by following your habits
sharing God's abundance in our small towns.