Psalms 98:1, 7-8, 9
IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS OF LIFE
The Master is "a hard man." Both Matthew and Luke speak of the Master's
harsh dealing with the servant who buried his treasure rather than risk it
and make more money. Is this a good image of God, one that evokes love
and generosity? In a way this is the harsh Judging God. In another
way this is the Loving God who expects us to use our gifts to love one another,
as Paul exhorts the Thessalonians.
Today's readings speak of being faithful in little things, using our gifts
in small ways. When I was a child I dreamt of being "Joan of Arc II"
and doing grand and wonderful things for God. In my 63rd year I now
know that being faithful and loving in small ways is more humanly manageable.
For my birthday recently a friend sent me a card that said:
"Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences
come from little things...
I am tempted to think...there are no little things."
Some of us are called to make big "splashes" in life; most of
us live ordinary lives. Maybe that is why "random acts of kindness"
became popular car bumper stickers and books!
Walking around Creighton's campus this week, before the students arrive,
I meet many wonderful faculty and staff. Each has been gifted by God
and generously gives of themselves for the Creighton Community. There
is a person who is a receptionist with a warm smile and welcoming telephone
manner, and a janitor who has been here so long he knows our names and chats
easily; and a professor who is excited to say,"I just got married."
There is a department full of professors who sit attentively while a prospective
faculty member presents a lecture, and a financial "wizard" who figures out
how to find monies for programs. We have a Creighton Community full
of people who know how to be loving "in small matters of life." I hope
you belong to such a community too.
I heard a wonderful story of our final judgement. God will meet each
of us, show us a picture of our lives, and say, "see how much good you did,
how many people you touched in life. Thank you and welcome to heaven."
GO FORTH AND INVEST YOUR GIFTS
and remember to gratefully receive from others.