I was impacted by the text in First John a couple weeks ago about laying down your life for the brothers. I can't help but notice this widow laid it ALL down according to Jesus. His commendation is based not on what she gave, but on what was held in reserve!
The most amazing part of this paragraph about persecution is the promise of supernatural help. The persecution will be an occasion for testimony or witness. He says, don't plan what you'll say, the Holy Spirit will give you the words. I would think Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance, but Jesus suggests otherwise in this case. The Holy Spirit will give you a mouth (stoma) and wisdom (sophia) and your adversaries will not be able to withstand you! Wow!