The “Little Way”
Anita Skaria, in this article, guides both young and old alike reminding us to evangelize by doing little things with love
Soon after He was resurrected, Jesus commissioned His disciples on a mission to go around the world preaching the Gospel. Each of them left to different places: St. Peter to Italy, St. Andrew to Greece, and St. Thomas to India. Without them, many people in the world wouldn’t have ever entered into the Catholic faith. In fact, if St. Thomas didn’t preach the Gospel in India, most of us probably wouldn’t have become Christians!
Now, this mission of evangelization that Jesus’ apostles inherited is passed on to the present church. Right when we’re baptized into the Catholic faith, we are bestowed with the mission to evangelize.
So it’s up to us to spread the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and his promise of life in heaven. Each and every one of us is called to participate in an act of evangelization in some way, big or small. You may not be old enough to travel to the different parts of the world, and that’s totally fine. The good news is, you don’t have to be an adult or a missionary to tell others about Jesus!
What God really wants is for us to be different from the world in how we act, in a way that people can recognize Jesus in us. “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct…” (1 Timothy 4:12).
Jesus modeled perfect love by dying on the cross for us, and we need to share that love to others. Don’t be discouraged if you feel that there’s nothing you can do. Even if it doesn’t seem obvious at first, there’s always going to be a way to help out. Whether it be something small, like letting someone else go first, or doing a chore for a family member, it all adds up. You really don’t have to do anything extraordinary to lead others to heaven. Even those little deeds make a ton of difference in God’s eyes. St. Thérèse of Lisieux, a well known saint, was especially regarded for her ‘little way’. Instead of seeking to do things everyone would take notice of, she did the simplest of tasks with profound love. So, think about it. St. Thérèse was able to touch many significantly although what she did was done discreetly. And consequently, when we do these little things with love for God and for others, it’s what sets us apart from others in our generation.
So never underestimate the power of evangelization. And remember that there’s always going to be something you can do to inspire others to follow Christ. Like St. Thérèse, perform everything you do with love, and that itself will get you started on your mission to evangelize.