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[As Jesus taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces,
Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then 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. For 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.”
Head of a Peasant Woman with Greenish Lace Cap, Van Gogh, 1885
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands [Web Gallery of Art]
Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. And he saw 'Guria' there. Perhaps she looked like the Dutch peasant woman in Van Gogh's painting above. But it would seem that his disciples hadn't observed her until Jesus drew their attention to her.
It is said that St Martin, after he had shared his cloak with the beggar, saw Jesus in a dream wearing that half-cloak. The reality is that Christ shows himself frequently to us, if we have eyes to see, as he showed himself to me through Guria 40 years ago, and on many other similar occasions down the years.
A bronze mite, Judea, 1st century BC [Wikipedia]
In the video below is the story of Kesz Váldez, from Cavite City, near Manila, who when still a 'mite' from a very impoverished background shared what he had, his 'widow's mite', with other children on his seventh birthday, the first he had ever celebrated. He received the International Children's Peace Prize in 2012.