Small Drops of Oil

“Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. How does a lamp burn? Through the continuous input of small drops of oil. If the drops of oil run out, the light of the lamp will cease, and the bridegroom will say, ‘I do not know you’ (Matt. 25:12). What are these drops of oil in our lamps? They are the small things of daily life: faithfulness, small words of kindness, a thought for others, our way of being silent, of looking, of speaking, and of acting. These are the true drops of love that keep your religious life burning like a living flame” (Mother Teresa).

These words — like so many that I have read lately– seem so spot on for the current state of affairs.

We can’t gather together to worship or do mighty acts of service. Most of us are limited by the safer at home regulations. It seems like there’s so little we can do.

But it is those little acts of kindness that add up. That smile you give to a stranger to validate that you see him or her. Telling the cashier to have a good day after checking out. Sending that text of affirmation to a friend who might be feeling isolated and alone.

There are always so many little way we can show love during these unprecedented and unusual times. Make it your prayer for God to show you how you can be Jesus in a small way to someone in the days to come.

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