The homily at mass yesterday was about the two widows that gave everything they had to God in faith. One widow only had a few coins to her name, but came to the church and put them in the offering. God said that her offering meant so much more than the offerings the wealthy had given. The rich gave of their abundance, while the poor widow gave her life's savings.
The second widow came across Elijah. He asked her to make him bread. She only had enough for one more meal for her child and her. Despite this, she was obedient to God's word and used the last of her bread and oil for this stranger. She was blessed because of this and never went hungry again.
These stories from the Bible hit home. Lately my medical expenses have been outrageous. I'm living on a few dollars and a little bit of change. I only had six dollars yesterday and gave one to the collection during mass. I had to save the five dollars to go to the grocery store. There was a big sale going on and I had to have a some food in the house to feed my daughter when she comes home from college this weekend. I went to the store and found all sorts of deals. I was able to fill a basket with food for only five dollars. God rewarded me with so much even though I was only able to give Him so little.