If Jesus is its only interest, the Church is faithful, otherwise, when it looks for security in the things of the world, it becomes lukewarm and mediocre. This is what the Pope said during morning Mass at St Martha’s House. The Gospel of the day speaks about the poor widow who throws into the treasury of the temple two coins while the rich boast about their great offers. Jesus says that “this widow who is so poor has thrown more than anyone else”, because the others have given what was superfluous for them, whereas she, in her misery, “gave all she had for living”.
In the Bible, Pope Francis says, “the widow is a lonely woman who does not have a husband to take care of her, a woman who must get by, who lives on public charity. The widow from this Gospel passage” was “a widow whose only hope was in the Lord”. “I like to see in the widows of the Gospel – he says – the image of the ‘widowhood’ of the Church that waits for the return of Jesus”. “The Church is Jesus’ bride, but its Lord is gone and its sole treasure is its Lord. And the Church, when it is faithful, leaves everything while waiting for its Lord. Instead, when the Church is not a faithful or is not very faithful or does not have much faith in the love of its Lord and tries to get by with other things, with other securities, from the world rather than from God”.
The “widowhood” of the Church – the Pontiff explains – refers to the fact that the Church is waiting for Jesus: “It can be a Church faithful to this expectation, waiting with belief for the return of its husband or a church that is not faithful to this ‘widowhood’, that is looking for security in other realities… a lukewarm Church, a mediocre Church, a worldly Church”. Let us think about our souls, was his final exhortation: “Do our souls look for security in the Lord alone or do they seek other securities disliked by the Lord?”: During those last days of the Liturgical Year it will do us good to think about our soul: Is it like the Church Jesus wants? Does our soul address its bridegroom and says: ‘Come, Lord Jesus! Come’. And to leave aside all those things that are useless, that do not help faithfulness”.