Saturday, February 18, 2017

Small Coins

While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself, by the Holy Spirit, declared,
‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.”‘
“David himself calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?” And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.
As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and 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 sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on. Mark 12:35-44   
Small Coins

What she has she shares as she persists
To pray despite her constant rejection
Constant  buses from those who see poverty
Women like her as a pariah a sin.
She stands facing us hinting
That God is not among the selective and arrogant
Nor among the rich proud judgemental
God is found among the humble broken and poor.

We know our blessings here in the alleys
Here in the one room full of children
Here is God among he we know and mistaken
God is abundantly found right here.

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