Well, it is so nice to be back with all of you this week after a week's vacation. As many of you know, Greg and I normally take our vacation this time of year before Advent and Christmas. We did not get to do that last year because of the pandemic. But you may remember a few years ago, Greg and I took a cruise. And when we came back from the cruise I told you about this young couple that we met on the cruise, and they were there on their “Babymoon.”
Well, I am sure that there are probably many Christian pastors around the country this morning who are going to be giving their annual stewardship talks or kicking off their church’s pledge drives today, because that Gospel reading from today's lectionary is just perfect for it. As we just heard, a poor widow puts everything she has into the collection, just a few pennies. And Jesus says that she gave more than anyone else there, because everyone else there gave up their surplus, what they had leftover, but she gave almost everything she had.