Tuesday 21 April

Thought for the day from Kate Massey

"Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth."  Matthew 5:5

Synonyms of meek: down-to-earth, humble, lowly, unpretentious…

Phoning members of my congregation this week, I spotted a repeated refrain. Delivered in apologetic tones, person after person said: “I am only…” I am only phoning my friends – especially those on their own. I am only checking in on my elderly neighbours. I am only looking after my mum and helping her stay safe. These people were feeling a bit useless.  My task was to help them see how precious those “I am only…” contributions really are.

But church leaders can be equally bad. I am only offering a basic livestream. I am only posting cards. I am only praying for my community every day… There is no such thing as “I am only…” with God. Every act of love, insignificant though it may seem, is treasured by God.

Mother Theresa is quoted as saying:

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love”. So be faithful and offer your “small things” to God and neighbour with all the love you can muster. And in so doing, may you find yourself blessed."

Kate Massey is the Dean of Women's Ministry and a member of the Bishop’s Core Staff Team

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