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Even Small Gestures

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thursday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man … And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool …” (MATTHEW 7:24 & 26)

Have you ever had one of those days when you knew you should do something but really didn’t want to? “I can send that card tomorrow. “They will have plenty of others to help at the church.” “Aunt Ethel doesn’t even know who I am when I visit.” The list goes on. I have done that and unfortunately will probably do it again when I am having one of those days. If you are like me, we always feel better if we do the right thing, even if it is a small gesture. So why don’t we just do it?


At the funeral luncheon of my husband’s mother, a “special” friend of the family became a bit annoying. I looked at my husband, Steve, and gave him the nod — you know the one — “Take care of this now, dear, please!” He got up and led the man away to the serving line. Instead of leaving him there to get his own meal, Steve stayed with him and kept him company until he had his lunch and sat down to eat. As they were standing in line, Sr. Janice remarked that it was what Jesus would do. I looked back at my husband with new appreciation. At his own mother’s funeral luncheon, when he had every excuse to sit down and talk to other friends and family members, he took time for this man. It may have been a small act, but that is what Jesus would do!


In today’s scripture Jesus tells us to act on His words. It may not be a grand gesture. In fact the simple things we do each day when no one is looking are perhaps the most life changing and compassionate. Let’s look for them — today and everyday — and act!

Dear Lord of Compassion,

Please open our eyes to the opportunities to love and help others.

Create excitement in our hearts to act as You would act

And remind us to place others before ourselves.


Bonny Culhane
Vice President of Human Resources and Quality, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital

GENESIS 16:1-12, 15-16 OR GENESIS16:6B-12, 15-16 ● PSALM 106:1B-2, 3-4A, 4B-5 ● MATTHEW 7:21-29

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