basking in prominent positions, sitting at the head table at every church function.
And all the time they are exploiting the weak and helpless. The longer their prayers, the worse they get. But they'll pay for it in the end."
Sitting across from the offering box, he was observing how the crowd tossed money in for the collection. Many of the rich were making large contributions.
One poor widow came up and put in two small coins - a measly two cents.
Jesus called his disciples over and said, "The truth is that this poor widow gave more to the collection than all the others put together.
All the others gave what they'll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn't afford - she gave her all."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)