The Small Stuff Matters

Sunday 11 in Year B

Embracing Growth and Grace

Establishing Solid Foundations

One of the key points I discussed was the importance of establishing solid foundations before delving into any subject matter. This principle is not only crucial in our spiritual lives but also in our everyday learning processes.

The Frustration of Learning Something New

We all know the frustration that comes with learning something new. Whether it’s a new skill, a new job, or even a new chapter in our spiritual journey, the initial stages can be overwhelming. However, it’s essential to remember that these foundational stages are crucial for our growth.

  • Patience is Key: Just as a house needs a strong foundation to stand tall, our spiritual lives require a solid base of understanding and faith. Be patient with yourself during these initial stages.
  • Seek Guidance: Don’t hesitate to seek guidance from mentors, spiritual leaders, or even fellow parishioners. Their insights can help you build a strong foundation.

Understanding the Social Context

Before diving into the core issues, it’s essential to understand the social context and the state of play. This approach was evident in my study of the book of Ezekiel, where the lecturer emphasized the importance of laying the groundwork before exploring the book’s deeper themes.

  • Historical Context: Understanding the historical and social context of biblical texts can provide us with a richer and more nuanced understanding of their messages.
  • Personal Reflection: Reflect on your own life and the social contexts you find yourself in. How do these contexts influence your spiritual journey?

The Concept of Deep Work

Another significant theme I explored was the concept of deep work. This involves the subtle, hidden work that is crucial in our lives, often driven by grace.

Embracing Grace

Grace is a powerful force that can transform our lives in ways we might not immediately see. It’s the quiet, persistent work of God within us, shaping and moulding us into better versions of ourselves.

  • Trust in God’s Timing: Sometimes, the work of grace is not immediately visible. Trust that God is working within you, even when you can’t see the results.
  • Be Open to Change: Allow yourself to be open to the changes that grace brings. This might mean letting go of old habits or embracing new challenges.

The Story of Ezekiel

Ezekiel’s story is a powerful example of deep work and grace. Taken into exile as a young man, Ezekiel faced overwhelming challenges and unfulfilled aspirations. Yet, he held onto hope for growth and renewal.

  • Hope in Adversity: Even in the face of impending doom and destruction, Ezekiel remained hopeful. This is a powerful reminder for us to hold onto hope, even in our darkest times.
  • Service to Others: Ezekiel’s work was always in service of others. Reflect on how you can serve those around you, allowing God’s work to unfold through your actions.

Allowing God’s Work to Happen

One of the most important messages I wanted to convey was the importance of allowing God’s work to happen within us. This involves preparing and forming our hearts for growth.

Preparing Your Heart

Just as a gardener prepares the soil before planting seeds, we must prepare our hearts for the work of God.

  • Prayer and Reflection: Spend time in prayer and reflection, asking God to prepare your heart for growth.
  • Letting Go: Sometimes, we need to let go of our own plans and desires to allow God’s work to unfold. Trust that His plans are greater than ours.

Inviting Others into the Kingdom

Our spiritual growth is not just for our benefit but also for the benefit of others. By allowing God’s work to happen within us, we can invite others into the kingdom and help them find joy and goodness.

  • Be a Light: Let your actions and words reflect the love and grace of God. Be a light to those around you, guiding them towards the kingdom.
  • Community and Fellowship: Engage with your church community and build strong relationships. Together, we can support each other in our spiritual journeys.


In conclusion, the themes of growth, grace, and allowing God’s work to unfold are central to our spiritual lives. By establishing solid foundations, embracing deep work, and preparing our hearts, we can experience profound transformation. Let us hold onto hope, serve others, and invite them into the kingdom, allowing God’s work to bring forth new life within us.

Thank you for joining me in these reflections. May God’s grace and love continue to guide you on your journey.

Fr Richard Healey

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