In the first few verses, Jesus makes it clear that the scribes’ definition of the Messiah as the son of David is inadequate. Using a quotation from the psalms, Jesus makes it clear that the Messiah, in his work and person, is greater than David.
And having shown the inadequacy of the understanding of the Messiah popular among the teachers of the law (scribes), Jesus goes on to criticise them as a group for their abuse of their respected position in Jewish society.
The reference to their treatment of widows gives Mark a link to the next few verses where the contrast between the poor widow and the rich who give impressive gifts reminds us how riches can be an obstacle to discipleship and obedience (Mark 10:17-31).
The widow giving all she had reflects the wholesale commitment Jesus looks for in his disciples.
Do we show the same commitment and devotion in our discipleship? Do we give sacrificially of ourselves?
Today’s Thought for the Day for Lent is from Derek