” I tell you that this poor widow put more in the offering box than all the others. ” Mark 12:43
The poor was always praised by Jesus in the Gospels. This poor widow as mentioned above though poor as she was dropped two little copper coins, worth about a penny only, gave all she had to live on. Jesus who was near the temple treasury watched the people as they dropped in a lot of money out of their riches whereas this poor widow dropped in two little copper coins out of all she had.
To Jesus Christ, our Lord, spiritually the poor widow was the one who gave most in the offertory because she had been generous to give her two little copper coins back to God as thanksgiving.
Generosity is measured not by what is given, but by what is left. This poor widow gave all she had. She even had given her life. She surrendered all to God.
When newly elected as the new Pope, Pope Francis declared his wish, hoping church to be a church for the poor, poor in the spiritual sense to depend on Christ Jesus as said in the sermon on the mount; ” Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the kingdom of heaven belongs to them! ” Matthew 5:3
St Lawrence pointed out that even the church had been helping out for the poor, but it was the poor who made up the church. The church needs the poor very much for their reflection of Jesus Christ on earth. The poor is the beauty of the reflection of the love of Christ throughout all ages.
If you refuse to listen to the cry of the poor, your own cry for help will not be heard.