Bits & Pieces

During this time of year—or, for that matter, any time or season of life when we are feeling overwhelmed—it’s comforting to know that we may not be able to live lives of heroic virtue or extraordinary generosity in the realm of helping others. But as the Apostle Paul reminds us in his letter to Titus, we’re not off the hook!

I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men.
Titus 3:8 RSV-CE

I ran across this verse today in the devotional that our wonderful bishop gave the members of our diocese one year—Praying with Saint Paul: Daily Reflections on the Letters of the Apostle Paul, edited by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.

We sometimes think our faith in Christ has to be lived in some big way…However, the good works that are often most beneficial are those that seem as ordinary as scraps…Within all of us are those bits and pieces, seemingly insignificant gifts which, with the grace of God, have the power to nourish others. We need to let Christ bend down, reach in, and draw them out of us.
Msgr. Gregory E.S. Malovetz

This really hit the spot this morning. Right now bits and pieces are all I can manage and I imagine for a lot of us that is true. So let us open ourselves up to the Christ Child so that He can use our gifts as He sees fit, one bit and piece at a time.

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