The Spare Bedroom

Dear Parishioners,

There was a newlywed couple stranded on an old country road. They got out of their car and walked toward a dimly lit farmhouse. When they reached the farmhouse, an elderly couple met them at the door.

The young man asked the elderly couple, "Could you put us up until morning? A place on the floor or a few chairs would be fine." "Why surely, children," said the elderly woman. "We just happen to have a spare bedroom."

The next morning the newlyweds got up early and prepared to leave without disturbing the elderly couple. They dressed quietly, put a ten dollar bill on the dresser, and tiptoed down the stairs.

When they got to the living room, they found the old couple asleep on chairs. They'd given the newlyweds their only bedroom. The young man tiptoed back upstairs and put another five dollars on the dresser.

This story is a modern example of the widow in today's gospel. Like the widow in the gospel, the elderly couple didn't give from their surplus.

They gave from their own meager resources. In both cases, the widow just like the elderly couple, gave not only generously but also joyfully and from the heart.

We can also look at how God gives so generously to us:

We ask for a flower;

He gives us a bouquet.

We ask for a drop of water;

He gives us an ocean.

We ask for a grain of sand;

He gives us a beach.

We ask for a blade of grass;

He gives us a lawn.

We ask for something to eat;

He gives us His Body and Blood.


Sincerely in Christ,
Father Dominick