The widow’s mite
The other day an Irish friend of mine commented on my earlier blog about the incarnation, which referred to the idea that even one tear of the baby Jesus would have sufficed to redeem the world. He thought I had missed part of the point and had a good story to make that point: the widow’s mite.
It’s a story from the gospels (Mk 12:38-44 and Lk 20:45-21:4 actually) about a poor widow who donates two mites (the smallest coin around) into the temple treasury. She is contrasted to the rich people who give much more, but they’re giving from their abundance. The widow however gives everything she has.
According to my Irish friend it is essential to the Christian idea of the incarnation that God does not give from his abundance, but that He gives everything He has. I knew that, but I’ve never heard it being explained by the story of the widow’s mite.
God is a poor widow, there’s incarnation for you…