Grace to you!
During a recent Q&A session after a workshop on Christian Leadership, a man shared how the little things he and his wife did at home inspired their daughter’s vocation to the religious life. He learned about this after their daughter’s religious profession, when she related her vocation story.
According to the man, her daughter recalled many times as a kid, her parents would call her and her siblings to join them in praying the rosary. Many times, they will read and reflect from a text in Scripture; asking the kids to freely share their take on the reading with the rest of the family. She also said they never saw their parents raise their voice. Their daughter claimed that memories of those years came strong in her life when she was in college. She believed they influenced her decision to become a religious.
Sometimes, it is the little things that make a deep impact in the lives of people. It could be a simple phrase from an entire sermon that strikes you in ways you can’t even imagine.
It could be a simple gesture of spiritual support such as “I'm praying for you,” or a gentle and kind gesture of leaving your seat to a senior in the rapid transit. It could also be texting or calling someone who needed it the most at the right time.
Many conversion stories begin from simple things. Many great experiences and opportunities emerge from simple things.
In his teachings about the Kingdom of God, the Lord Jesus Christ used many parables. Two of them are the parables of the wheat and the yeast (Mt 13:31-35). Both have the same central message—the Kingdom of God grows from simple things but becomes bigger than life.
Consider what happens when God’s Word is sown in a heart that is disposed, fertile. It seems like a simple word. Before long, the grace of that Word transforms the person from within, producing incredible fruits by inspiring others to new life in Christ. In the soul of the individual, it also begets other fruits, fruits of righteousness such as joy, peace and love.
Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus' model in living the life of that kingdom is fitting to relate these parables to us. It is “doing ordinary things extraordinarily with love.” Doing simple, ordinary things with the best love we can offer. “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). This has a way of impacting lives and transforming society.
God’s kingdom grows from the little things done with the best of love. That is, the self-sacrificing love, agape. In the divine scheme of things, every good thing, no matter how little, promotes the Kingdom of God and destroys evil.
Do good. Little or great, do good anyway. Whether or not it’s appreciated, do good anyway.
No need to wait for a big opportunity or event to do good. The “little” within your reach is sufficient. You would be surprised how huge the impact of those little things could be.
Praying that we will, through the power of grace, turn every little opportunity into a moment of grace for many. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Monday Week 17 B: Jer 13:1-11; Mt 13:31-35]
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.