Friday 29 January 2021

Small things done with great love


“Jesus said to the crowds: ‘This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know. Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, he loses no time: he starts to reap because the harvest has come.’”

mark 4:26-28


Perhaps, at times, we don’t always appreciate the significance of things we do or say – for good or ill. A throwaway comment can cause great hurt and harm, or a simple ‘Good Morning’ to someone may help them on their way. St Teresa of Calcutta wrote simply, “Peace begins with a smile.” Yes, we certainly shouldn’t underestimate what can be achieved by small words and actions. Just like that man in the story told by Jesus. He simply plants a seed, and then lets nature take its course. The seed continues to sprout and grow, whether he is awake or asleep, whether he watches it or not. So, too, the part we play in the growth of God’s Kingdom often comes with the little things we do. “We are asked to do no great thing,” said St Teresa on another occasion, “only small things done with great love.” Most of the opportunities that present themselves to us are so small that they may go unseen, unnoticed, by us or others. But like a small seed planted in the earth, the work of our hands, the words on our lips, the gestures and greetings we make, the little things we choose to do, a smile, a touch, a word can and do have a life of their own. What small things have you got to do today? What opportunities are there to help God’s Kingdom grow?


God our Father, you often ask us to do no great thing, only small things filled with great love. Help me to value the small things I can do today, that your Kingdom of Love will continue to flourish and flower in the lives of others. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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