Photo was taken near Millstreet Railway Station, Millstreet, Co.Cork (Irl)

Jerry Forde in the wheelchair and other competitors making excellent progress in the annual 5 mile Willie Neenan Memorial Race which was held in Millstreet last Friday evening. Thankfully the occasion was blessed with a fine sunny evening.

Thought on Sunday – July – 02/07/2017

‘If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because they are a disciple, then I tell you solemnly, they will most certainly not lose their reward.’

Our Gospel today speaks about keeping things simple. If we struggle or lack confidence in the things we can’t do, Jesus has some good news for us. He reminds us to do the simple things well. To do what we can do as best we can is so much better than nothing at all.

Jesus talks about the simple act of welcoming someone with a cup of water and the difference this gesture could make. Small acts of kindness and hospitality can make such a difference. Pope Francis speaks so much about this. In one of his letters he says, “Love is shown by the little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love.”

We so often tend to complicate our faith and Jesus tells us to keep it simple. So little gestures of love, little acts of kindness, little ways of reaching out and little moments each day are the ones that do make a difference. There are lots of them and we do our best to make the most of them.