41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.’
Here is a story that we can all connect with. Look at this stained glass window for a moment and try to picture yourself there with Jesus. Who are you in the story? Are you one of the disciples? Are you the widow? Are you one of the rich people? Use the full breadth of your imagination. What does it smell like there? What else do you see? What do you hear?
This is called an Ignatian method of engaging the holy scriptures, using all your imagination to connect with the stories. I think this method is particularly enlightening for these types of passages with lots of character and action.
The Rev. Jimmy Abbott