Tolle Lege

Mark 12:38-44

In the spirit of St. Augustine who urged his followers to search for God together, consider this reflection on Sunday’s Gospel. Jesus advises his disciples to be aware of the teachers of the law. These scribes were full of pride and pretentiousness as their outward demonstrations of piety were born out of selfish ambition. A life that seeks honor from others cannot serve God. Shortly after Jesus’ lesson on authentic alms and worship, a poor widow casts the little that she had into an offering. Her sacrificial giving rendered greater treasure in heaven than those who gave more. The widow gave out of her poverty, proving that detachment from material possessions and a dependence on God yields blessedness. The scripture teaches us that what moves God is our heart. In the end only what we do for Christ will last.