And he sat down opposite the contribution box and was observing how the crowd was putting coins into the contribution box. And many rich people were putting in many coins. And one poor widow came and put in two small copper coins (that is, a penny). And summoning his disciples, he said to them, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow put in more than all those who put offerings into the contribution box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in everything she had, her whole means of subsistence.”” (Mark 12:41–44, LEB)

What strikes me about this story–other than fascination with what became of the unknown woman–is something that the Orthodox Study Bible points out. It comments: “In the conversion of Cornelius, we learn that God takes note of our giving (Acts 10:4).”

And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God.” (Acts 10:4, ESV)

God noticed that Cornelius had been praying and he noticed that Cornelius had been giving also.  The same goes for the poor widow.  Jesus noticed that she was a giver and indeed how much she gave compared to what she had.

The point for us to ponder together, dear reader, is what it means for us that God takes note of our giving.