Mk. 12:41-44; Lk. 21:1-4
There were thirteen chests located inside one of the courts of the temple. Each chest had a trumpet shaped opening and was labeled for a specific use. Money for the operation of the temple was thrown into each chest.
Jesus was observing this procedure as each individual passed by. As the rich cast in large amounts, a widow came and cast in two mites. A mite was worth about one-fifth of a cent.
Even though this woman had contributed only a very small amount, she was praised because that was all she had. Jesus looked at the quality of her giving instead of the quantity. The rich had given a large quantity out of their abundance. He would soon give all for us.