Shelly Henley Kelly considers how the "little way" of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux opens the door for us to recognize God's mighty hand at work.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is speaking to the seventy-two men being sent out to mission to the surrounding areas. He admonishes Chorazin and Bethsaida for not responding to the powerful works of God with repentance.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, whose feast day we honor tomorrow (October 1), recognized that she did not have an opportunity to go out and perform great works for God’s glory. Rather, she developed a “little way” of humbling surrendering her everyday actions, thoughts, and words to God.
However, through her life’s example and writings, her “little way” became a great work honoring the goodness of God, as ordinary people adopted her message to seek holiness in their own everyday actions, thoughts, and words. In doing so, they recognize God’s mighty hand at work and allow this to change their life to one of humble repentance.
Today’s Gospel is a call for us to also seek God at work, to listen to those sent by Christ, repent and dedicate our ordinary lives to the Glory of God, even in little ways.
How does God show up in small, yet mighty ways, in your life?
Lord, we thank you for the many ways you seek to reach us in our daily lives. May we always recognize your work and heed the call to repentance.
Copyright 2022 Shelly Henley Kelly
About the Author
Shelly Henley Kelly is a daughter of God, a Martha who strives to be Mary, living in the world, but not of the world, perpetually busy as breadwinner, wife, mother, catechist, and ACTS sister. A published author, Shelly writes about being a working mom and catechist at SoundMindAndSpirit.com and can be heard on various podcasts at SQPN.com.