The Widow's Mite

In the beginning of the twenty-first chapter of Luke's Gospel appears a very brief account of Jesus' commending a poor widow for making a gift to the temple treasury of two mites, a very insignificant sum of money.

Was this really a small gift; and can we correctly classify every small contribution as a "widow's mite"? Jesus, whom Mrs. Eddy describes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 313), as "the most scientific man that ever trod the globe," and concerning whom she also states, "He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause," accredits this woman with having given more than those who had made large gifts out of their abundance. Why? May it not be fairly assumed that Jesus discerned something in the widow's thought of far greater value and substance than any merely material gift?

In speaking of Christian Science and Jesus' method of healing, Mrs. Eddy writes on page 7 of "Christian Healing": "The Science of Christianity makes pure the fountain, in order to purify the stream. It begins in mind to heal the body, the same as it begins in motive to correct the act, and through which to judge of it. The Master of metaphysics, reading the mind of the poor woman who dropped her mite into the treasury, said, 'She hath cast in more than they all.'"

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