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RYM Daily Lenten Moment

Day 15 : 'Less is More'

You've all heard the saying - 'Less is more!'

I must admit it was a phrase which confused me a little at first - but I've grown to love it.

For you see - when I was younger I used to think that 'more was better'. I used to think that if I had more of something I was doing well - 'more sweets, more time for football'.

Society today still seems to place value on having 'more' - more money, more friends, more gadgets and gizmos.

Yet as I get older I'm starting to really appreciate the importance of this saying - 'less is more'.

A simple smile, a friendly word, the sight of a sunset, the glimpse of a rare bird. The small things in life make me happy!

And 'less is more' for Jesus also!

In Matthew's Gospel (25:40) - we hear Jesus say that 'whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

He also challenges us when He says that 'the last shall be first and the first shall be last' (Matthew 20:16)

Jesus in his public ministry focused very much on reaching out to the marginalised in society at the time ; those who were deemed as having 'less'.

Pope Francis too places emphasis on reaching out to those whom society often overlooks - the poor, the sick, the imprisoned, the lonely, the addicted.

So today let us make a small act of kindness and mercy to help someone in need - because our 'less' will mean 'more' to them than we can ever imagine!

Paul Murphy

Coordinator of Redemptorist Youth Ministry