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Lamplighter - Fr. Ralph

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:42 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 1:27 PM ]

“Do not despise small things, lest you be deprived of great ones.” This is wisdom from the ages. Life has an order to it. Our life in God has an order to it.  Life starts with small things.  A young mom and new baby came to visit us in the office this week.  Only a few weeks old, that baby is a small thing.  That beautiful baby is only eating small amounts. Even his sounds are small.  In time, everything will be bigger, including his sounds.  The small things have to be first.

Easter is a big thing.  Christ’s death and resurrection are the most important things in life.  The gift of life that Christ gives us is unmatched.  We imagine that our response to that wonderful gift must be very large.  It is overwhelming to even think about being loved that much or given that much.  We so often want to balance things in our lives.  If one person gives something to us, we must reciprocate in kind.  Some would rather not receive a gift if they cannot return at least as much.  With God, that is not possible.  We have been given the biggest gift. 

Our challenge is to begin responding with small things.  A small breath of thankfulness is a start.  Remembering to give thanks before a meal is a start.  A prayer to begin your day is a start.  Helping someone in need is a start.  We begin our Lenten journey by simply kneeling. We begin small.  We might even find that people we love appreciate the small things even more than the bigger gifts.  The small things are often reflections of our hearts.  This is probably true with God.  God appreciates small gifts of praise and thankfulness.  In light of all the great blessings of Easter, let’s start small.

Easter Blessings