On November 13, 2010, a few of us went to Maastricht, Netherlands for their Life Teen Mass and Life Night. They are so awesome! Even though they are small, they are MIGHTY! They really know how to get their kids involved in everything, from serving at Mass, to talking in discussions, to praying!
One particular part of the evening that spoke to me was the Bible Study. It wasn’t really the study itself, but an event that happened during the study. One of the teens was sitting next to (what I believed to be) a new teen. The new teen was struggling finding the Bible passage, so the older teen went out of her way to teach the newer teen how to look up Bible passages. It really touched my heart. She showed me, and probably the new teen, what a small act of great love is.
This gets me thinking; what are the ways that I show others great love through small acts? I know that it is definitely something that I need to work on. Furthermore, it doesn’t have to be anything big: doing the dishes when it isn’t my turn, picking up the room when it isn’t my mess, or even thanking someone for doing the same (or more) for me.
Think how much better the wold would be if we all did one small act with great love everyday. I, personally, think the world would be a much happier, healthier, cleaner, beautiful place. Everyone would help everyone, free of animosity, resentment, jealousy… That is one of my dreams (and Mother Teresa’s) and I am sure it is many others’ as well.
How can we begin to make this happen? Start within your own home, then move to your community, then move on to larger things like mission trips of relief services. It doesn’t take much to make a little bit of change.
And always remember, “We can do no great things; only small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa