“Children, let no one deceive you. The person who acts in righteousness is righteous.” Righteousness, not shown simply in thought, hope, or expression, but revealed through action is what ultimately defines the word itself and the person aspiring to be virtuous. I think sometimes it becomes important for us to sit and reflect on the truly profound nature of our actions and the importance of what our deeds can mean in the lives of others.
In the gospel, we see Andrew and another disciple of John go and simply stay the night with Jesus. This simple gesture is one that consequently grew to send reverberations throughout their lives, and the lives of so many others, in ways they never could have predicted. Andrew proceeded to introduce Jesus to his brother Peter, and one of the world’s most influential friendships was formed. Our actions impact so many people in ways we will never be able to fully grasp. Whether it is in conversations had, help given, or introductions made, we must always remember that our deeds influence the world in a very important way, no matter how small they may appear to be at first glance.
Perhaps we are all called to be like Andrew, in regards to his introducing of Peter to Jesus, and bring people closer to God through our simple actions. Perhaps one simple act of kindness or love today will move someone closer to God tomorrow. Just like Andrew, we may never know the true value of our deeds, but we must always remain cognizant of the potential importance of our actions in the lives of others, while constantly trying to remember that God is present even in the smallest of endeavors.