This parable of the night sky comes from a recent observing time. The moon was just past full on April 4 this year. It lighted the sky and overshadowed all objects. To see anything else, one has to look far away from the moon and use different techniques. Most people only notice the moon on such a night. With a little astro-astrovideo camera and a small telescope I saw two famous galaxies, but I had to ignore the moonlight and work to see what I saw. Here is the observing sheet, then we will talk about the parable:
In real life it’s like the bright moon overshadowing everything else in the night sky. People follow the glamour and glitz. It’s dominant in media; it’s dominant in the news. The same tendencies were true in the days of Jesus. The great temple impressed the disciples. Power impressed the Jewish leaders of the day, and they would do anything to keep it–even deliver an innocent person to the cross. Money talked–the temple had been turned into a place dominated by business. The rich gained face as they donated great sums. In that same environment, a widow came and cast a couple coins into the treasury. Jesus saw what everyone else missed. As those coins left her hand, she had committed them to God out of her need and lack. No one noticed except Jesus, until he called the disciples and explained what they had missed. God does not forget the little unseen things that are important. He is not fooled by glamour and the glitz.
Mark 12:41-44 King James Version (KJV)
41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.