Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Kindness of Jesus ~ His Cup of Cold Water

"And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, 
truly I tell you that person will not lose his (her) reward."

Matthew 10:12

This is a most tender gospel verse reflecting the kind awareness of Jesus - and his invitation to do the same. Notice that Jesus says cold water. This means the little gift is considered, that the gift comes from the heart, that the giver has taken extra care so as not to give water that is hot from sitting in the sun in an already uncomfortably dry climate. Jesus intends that the water-gift be refreshing and renewing. Love is in the details.

We might also take note that the command of Jesus is positive: he does not say, avoid or don't or thou shalt not - but he defines kindness and love by the word give.


  1. When we're kind to people we know it strengthens our connections with them and provides a source of support .Kindness can be as simple as a smile, a thank-you or a word of encouragement. It's a way of connecting, even if only for a brief moment, with those we pass in our daily lives. It doesn't have to cost anything or take much time - what's important is that it's an act of genuine care and thoughtfulness for another person.

  2. The implications of kindness are far reaching. Showing kindness even on a small level is a great start. Giving without expecting anything in return has its own rewards.

  3. Random Acts of Kindness; What would happen if this became the motto of so many schools, colleges, organizations and families. I think we would grow together in a more united way. Maybe, more people would come to realize that the baby in the womb deserves acts of kindness also.

  4. What would happen indeed? I was priest to a parish where there was an elderly couple who had grown sickly and frail. Their lawn grew waist high. Eventually the local Baptists mowed it. I heard that the Baptist family who had done the kind act said of the Catholics, "You don't even take care of your own." A Catholic parish is supposed to be a sign: look at what's possible for all of us. Pope Francis said, "We will meet the atheists in the doing of good deeds."

  5. This means so very much to me Father. My sin is not one that I choose, it doesn't hurt nor does it cause pain, I have many gifts to give and will follow the words of Jesus, focusing on the positive and not feeling guilt for what I cannot avoid.Feeling blessed right now.