I heard this story during mass and thought it was an excellent story everyone should read.
Article courtesy of God Has All The Money He Needs, But He Could Use Thanks – tribunedigital-orlandosentinel// // //
One of the physicians to whom they had taken their little boy suggested that there was an eye surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital who specialized in precisely the kind of surgery their boy needed.
Boston was a half-continent away and they were poor. The church they attended started the ball rolling by raising money to send them to Massachusetts. Nearby townships in this agricultural community collected and sent contributions.
When the money was raised and all of the preparations completed, the trio packed their bags to go. The boy wanted to include his battered teddy bear, which had an ear chewed off and a missing eye. It had long since ceased being cute, and with stuffing coming out its seams, could only be described as ”ugly.”
Mother tried her best to persuade him to leave his beloved teddy at home, but he insisted: ”No, I need it.” So teddy made the trip as well.
That sensitive surgeon allowed a fearful little boy to clutch his toy bear throughout the multiple examinations that preceded surgery. He was even allowed to take the bear, appropriately clad in O.R. greens, into surgery. It was with him when he awoke from anesthesia. He clutched the bear during the weeks of convalescence.
The day of reckoning came when the bandages were to be removed from the little boy’s eyes. For the first time in his life, he actually saw his little teddy bear. It was a joyous celebration!
On the day of his discharge, the surgeon was there to say goodbye. The little boy held out his teddy bear to the famous doctor and said: ”Here, Doctor, I want to pay you for helping me.”
On the 10th floor of the white building at Massachusetts General, there is a small teddy bear with its ear chewed off, one eye missing and stuffing bursting from its seams.
Beside it on the shelf is a note written by the famous surgeon: ”This is the highest fee I have ever received for professional services rendered.”
One day as he sat teaching in Jerusalem, Jesus made a similar comment regarding an insignificant gift.
People were putting money into the temple treasury. A poor widow came and gave all that she had: two copper coins. When Jesus saw this, he said to his disciples: ”This poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living” (Mark 12:43-44).
How much you give is relatively unimportant. How you give it and with what spirit means everything. God has all the money he needs. What God lacks is your gratitude.