John Foley, SJ
The widow trusted in God’s goodness even in the face of impending death. She instinctively responded by releasing her own control of things. This is the root meaning of trust.
Our Attitude Towards Wealth
Underlying everything else, we must always keep in mind Jesus' warning that the possession of wealth is dangerous, that it is hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.
The first thing to notice about her is that she wasn’t striving for honor, as the scribes were. Although Jesus noticed her, she wasn’t trying to get noticed.
Teaching Us Charity
The poor are more generous than others. Jesus made it very clear that “this poor widow contributed more than all the others who donated to the treasury.” Recent studies in the United States reveal the same phenomenon.
Compare Christ’s sacrifice with those of the two widows, the one in the First Reading and the other in the Gospel.
they have lived as animals
they must die as angels