All Saints Messenger - June 22, 2017

posted Jun 22, 2017, 11:49 AM by Church Secretary
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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for Thursday, June 22

Luke 21:2-3 [Jesus] 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.

I sometimes teach Flannery O'Connor's story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" in my literature classes. The grandmother in the story is racist, classist, and manipulative throughout the story, but at the end her "head clear[s] for an instant," and she sees that she and "the Misfit" character are part of the same human family. Unfortunately, her post-conversion life lasts only a few seconds before "the Misfit" kills her. At its core, the story is about a person who desperately needed to change and did; the quantified time after her change isn't important when compared to the essence of that change.
In our gospel story for today, the widow's two small copper coins make a similar point. The widow cannot offset a shortfall of the temple budget, but Jesus applauds the quality of her gift. God is interested in our souls expanding and our hearts becoming softer and more generous. These changes might not fill coffers or give us length of days, but when our souls expand, we experience the profound reality of being created in God's image, and the kingdom of God comes near.

MOVING FORWARD: How is the dance between quantity and quality going in your life? Are there any adjustments that need to be made?