Hermaneutics

The crowds were noticeably increased the week before Passover. A destitute widow slowly worked her way through the commotion to drop two copper coins into one of the temple’s collection boxes. Jesus called out to his followers: “Look at that widow! Most of these people are only giving a small percentage of their money, but she gave one-hundred percent. Everyone should be more like her. Then we could finally add on that new wing, replace the carpet in the sanctuary, and hire a full-time childcare coordinator.”


Jesus called out to his followers: “Look at that widow! Giving money to the very people who are plotting to kill us!¬†She and all the rest of those sinners will burn in hell!”


Jesus called out to his followers: “Look at that widow! Another stupid sheeple, blindly following the religious establishment. Wake up! Fight the system!”


Jesus called out to his followers: “Look at that widow! Putting money into the temple when it is already scheduled for destruction. She should be giving that money to my ministry instead.”


Jesus didn’t say anything to his followers, because drawing attention to the poor is rude.


Jesus called out to his followers: “Look at that widow! Here’s a perfect example of injustice. She is going to starve herself to support the lavish lifestyle of self-righteous religious leaders, because they told her it’s God’s will.”


Jesus called out to his followers: “Hey Judas, that woman just gave away all her dinner money. Go give her a few bucks and a tract.”


Jesus is too busy talking to his followers about their big outreach project to notice the widow shuffling by.

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