“Giving as Transformation”

On October 30, Pastor Jim preaches on Mark 12:41-44. This scripture is a favorite arrow in most preacher’s quivers during stewardship time. The party line is that Jesus honors those who give everything they have. But…is this the point? Read the text. Does Jesus praise the poor widow for what she does, or is he simply stating the facts? Is he merely contrasting the widow’s giving with the giving of the wealthy? Is this text a psalm of praise or a lament?