Messages From Fr. Anthony Smith

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Mother Teresa is well known for her quotes of wisdom. Often she focuses on the significance of doing small acts of love. If you search the web for quotes from Mother Teresa you will find many quotes similar to this one:

“Small things done with great love will change the world.” (azquotes.com)

In the Gospel today Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a tiny mustard seed that when sown in the field becomes the ‘largest of plants’. The message both Jesus and Mother Teresa are making is clear – our actions, no matter how small, can have a profound impact on the lives of others and in our world. Collectively our acts of love can literally change the world. And if changing the world requires small acts of love we all have the power within ourselves to make this world a better place.

We can often feel powerless in the face of great challenges and adversity in our community and in our world. This feeling of powerlessness can cause us to give up on our responsibility and duty to build up the kingdom of God and leave it to others. We don’t need to be in a position of power and influence to make a difference and to manifest the kingdom of God here and now. All we need to know is that we have the power to love. Using that power in small acts of love will have a powerful impact. These small acts of love are the seed that can grow into something large and beautiful.

Changing the world through love must begin within ourselves. We must recognize the potential we possess for love. This love will inspire us to act and even the smallest act can be life changing for someone.

Recently I was in line at a drive-up waiting to purchase my morning coffee. As usual I was in a rush and had a busy day ahead. As I got to the window the attendant informed me that the car in front of me paid for my coffee. I was overwhelmed by the kindness and it began my day with an incredibly positive experience. That set the tone for my whole day. It was a small, anonymous act of kindness that had a profound impact on me. It was small but powerful.

Don’t underestimate the power of kindness, a smile, an offer to pray for someone, helping someone in need, respect, courtesy or forgiveness. The number of small acts of love are endless and they can be as simple as saying ‘hello’ to a stranger as you pass them on the street. The kingdom of God is manifested through you and me and very often in very small ways.

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