Bottom line: St. Teresa of Calcutta tells us we can do small things with great love. In the Eucharist Jesus does something seeming small with the greatest possible love.
St. Teresa of Calcutta said, "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." Jesus says something similar in the Gospel: "whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward."
The Old Testament reading describes a couple who does small things with great love. They provide a room for the prophet Elisha. As Jesus indicates, such acts can bring an unexpected reward. In the case of this couple, they were getting up in years and had no child. The prophet blesses them and they receive their greatest treasure - a child of their own.
Doing small things with love brings a reward. You know, we can become frustrated by so many problems in our world. A person could be tempted to make some declaration - maybe on Facebook - and that might be fine. But, really, small things will make the difference.
All of us know a smile can make a big difference. When I'm wearing a facemask, however, I can't use my winning smile. But I've noticed that people can smile with their eyes. Little things can make a difference. As Mother Teresa says, "Do small things with great love."
I want to now apply this to the Eucharist. In his pastoral letter for the Year of the Eucharist, Archbishop Etienne writes: When it comes to the Eucharist, we can always go deeper. No matter whether we have spent years exploring Eucharistic theology, or are still preparing for our first Holy Communion, there is always more to discover about the Eucharist.
Jesus desires to come to us in a form everyone can understand, that is, as food. Not everyone can understand the doctrine of Transubstantiation, but everyone can understand food. We need food to give us strength, to heal our bodies, to sustain our lives. Just so, we need Jesus. He come a humble form. Part of the reason is to teach us humility - that most of our service to him and to others involves little things, things that go unnoticed, unrecognized.
To sum up: St. Teresa of Calcutta tells us we can do small things with great love. In the Eucharist Jesus does something seeming small with the greatest possible love. As we hear him say, "Take and eat. This is my body which will be given up for you." Amen.
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