Homily November 8, 2015 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The stories of the two widows in the readings today is probably familiar to most of us. How many times have we heard one or another of these two stories used as examples of giving and giving generously. Sort of like giving until it hurts. Yet, Jesus was contrasting this poor widow with the Scribe and others who flaunted themselves and paraded around in their importance. Yet this humble woman was out of her faith and love and trust of God giving as she felt she must, sacrificing some or all she needed. Trust, a key word, as Jesus came and had a special care for the poor who in many ways were left to the mercy of their peers and many times never saw any mercy. In his time and in most times, do people look out for the poor and others or just themselves?
Certainly, prudence requires that one takes proper precautions and care of his family and loved ones, but ultimately it is God who cares and looks over us. He also calls on us took look out for others, especially the poor. Why the poor, you might say, but think about it, if you a parent, you love all your children, but as they leave your home, some are more independent than others and the more dependent ones have a care and concern a bit higher for you. With God, the poor have a special trust not different than others, but perhaps more finely tuned that God leads and takes us where we go. Sure many of us plan and prepare and set our sites on the future and what is good, but it is God’s goodness that lets it happen.
A poor person often has a more humdrum day to day vision, know that each day is a gift that somehow God gives and brings forth the next. Planning is hard when just getting along is a constant task. Yet faith and trust in God brings resourcefulness and happiness. Relationships and love overshadow all that stands in the way to the father. Riches, status, celebrity all can stand in the way or not according to how we trust in God and relate to others. Trust means that life has twists and turns we might never envision, yet God walks with us and brings with him if we trust that his way is the way. As all of us get older, I think we realize that as the twists and turns came, like it or not, how we related to God and others is ultimately what made it a good or bad experience.
Trust then is like the two widows, trusting their lives to be safe and fulfilled by God and leading them to a long and safe way home.