God is Good!

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Give With Much Love Behind It

This refection was written by Fr. George in 1972

Fr. McKenna and his mother on his Ordination Day

“Whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple, amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”  MT 10:42

Sometimes we make the service of God a complicated one.  Really, to serve God is to love and care for others around us.  In the Old Testament, a widow who had nothing, offered Elijah a cup of water, and her cupboards were filled with enough food for a year.  In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us of the power of a simple act.

We make the mistake of looking for big things to do for others in order to make a difference.  We miss out on the little things that we could do for our fellow man.  Many people gave hospitality to Jesus in His time.  There was Lazarus who opened the doors to his home to Jesus.  Zaccchaeus who climbed a tree to see Jesus better – he also invited Jesus to come to his house.  Matthew threw a party for Jesus after the Lord had invited him to come and be a disciple.  And of course, Martha and Mary, sisters who in their own little way served the Lord.  All these homes were blessed by the Lord.  Isn’t it remarkable that we hear so much about love and the concern we should have for others in the Gospels, and in so many ways?  What a simple example: If you give a cup of water . . .

Doesn’t this make us think that the Lord puts a high store on the quality of love that rules in our lives?  How we love is one of the dimensions of our person.   Ghandi loved much, but his fellow countrymen sometimes treated him shamefully; he returned hatred and imprisonment with love and a greater desire to serve his fellowman.

We can’t take many people into our homes, but we can think of them and serve them in many ways.  Our help may be in some small quantity, but if we give what we have with Love, we shall receive a reward.

Some small acts of kindness:  Give an encouraging word to a small child; Compliment someone who looks discouraged; Write a letter to an old friend, neighbor or family member; Kind thoughts of others; Refusing to harbor jealously or grudges.  We do not need a great deal of specialized talent to carry out our simple acts of kindness.  We need much courage to face up to the fact that our works of thoughtfulness may only be recognized by God.

Give with much Love behind it.  This could be the secret of our life.  What we do, how big or grandiose is not what counts, but the degree of love behind what we do – this is what matters.

This weekend we celebrate the gift of our Mothers!  No small feat giving birth to a child, nor the years of love and raising that child to adult hood.  Where would we all be without the little things that our mothers did out of love for each of us?  Happy Mothers’ Day!


Fr. George P. McKenna

May 9, 2019 - Posted by | Bulletins


  1. So glad that you continue to repost these words of wisdom! Thank you so very much.

    Comment by barttimm | May 9, 2019 | Reply

  2. Thank you again for sharing Fathers ‘ stories!!

    Comment by Pattie | May 9, 2019 | Reply

  3. Fr. George’s words of Faith & Love…continue to shepherd us on earth and lead us Home. God Bless you for continuing to share his writings.

    Comment by mcs | May 9, 2019 | Reply

  4. That was a great Email Father George!!! He is alive in Heaven!!!

    Comment by Joe Alber | May 11, 2019 | Reply

  5. Thinking of my dear friend even more today! He would pray for my dear mother as she had her struggles with dementia in the nursing home. Now they are both in heaven without any pain or suffering. Both loved Jesus so much, I can’t imagine they aren’t in Paradise with him. Happy Mother’s Day to all the family of Father George and to all of his readers!

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | May 12, 2019 | Reply

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