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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Lenten Mercy-Meditation: Little Means A Lot

Two thousand years later and we're still remembering this act of kindness: Veronica consoling Jesus in the drying of his battered and bleeding face? "Little things with great love. It's not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing," Mother Teresa often said. "It's not how much you give, but how much love you put in the giving." 

Jesus would have celebrated Veronica's little gift. Remember when in another gospel place Jesus said, "Believe me, anyone who gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, just because he is my disciple, will by no means lose his reward." (Matthew 10:42) But I must begin!

Some people dream of doing big things for others. I was chaplain for some years to a school-community for young people who had lost their way. I'd sometimes say to them: Before I will ever go to feed lepers in the Amazon I have to learn to serve the dinner plates here, happily and graciously; take on breakfast cooking with a grateful and kind heart; fold the laundry of my fellows with the same attention I would give to my own; pick up the broom simply because the room needs sweeping! 

Little means a lot to Jesus!


  1. Yes, sometimes it's the smallest of kindnesses that matter most and which are often overlooked by us. God knows.

  2. I can think of a fee people that wouldn't stop even to wipe the face of Jesus. I pray to have the mercy to show such kindness.

  3. A small gift can put a smile on a loved one's face. A visit, a letter, a quick hello. I am just pleased when someone holds the door for the next person. If we all practice small kindnesses, the bigger expressions will follow naturally.

  4. I remember a time in my life that it took every ounce in me to place cereal bowls on my kitchen table. What I really wanted to do was throw them. I had a spiritual companion who was able to see that kindness when all I saw was my ugliness. It's good to have that companion as Veronica had Jesus.