Rosary Cathedral, December 2, 2018
Prior to Handel’s Messiah with Toledo Symphony Orchestra
1. Jesus notices when we give (Luke 21:1; Romans 8:32)
2. Jesus notices how much we give (Luke 21:2; 2 Corinthians 9:7)
3. He appreciates when we humbly give (Luke 21:3-4; Luke 20:47; 2 Samuel 24:24)
1 While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.
32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
2 Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.
2 Corinthians 9:7
7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
3 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. 4 For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”
Luke 21:3-4 (MSG)
The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!
Luke 20:47 (KJV)
47 Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.
2 Samuel 24:24
24 No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.