Today’s Gospel reading of the poor woman who places two mites in the temple offering is a good reminder for us as we approach Great Lent.
The passage states:
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” (Luke 21:1-5, NKJV)
There are those who are healthy and able to approach the Great Fast (Lent) with strictness in their ascetic endeavors; they should do so to the degree that their spiritual father has allowed. They are like the rich men who poured out their offering unto the Lord; it is pleasing in His sight. The Lord has given them much, so much will be expected of them.
There are others, however, who struggle with their health and find that anything other than very light fasting can damage their already fragile condition. Such people should discuss their situation with their spiritual father. If they bear their sickness without complaining, but instead thank God for all things, then whatever tiny ascetical efforts are made will be like the two mites the poor widow placed in the offering. They perhaps have given more than everyone else, though it does not appear that way on the surface. Continue reading Our Twopence Fasting