Small Acts of Kindness

By Ben Philpott

—-A monologue from St. Peter to Damian from the movie Millions—-

This kid comes up to us, about your size, His name was…no I have forgotten. I still see him sometimes. Anyway he comes up with these loaves and fishes. Sardines. And Jesus blesses them and passes the plate round.

Now the first person he passes it to, passes it on. He doesn’t take anything. He just passes it on. Do you know why?

Because he had a piece of lamb hidden in his pocket. And as he is passing the fish, he sneaks a bit of meat out and pretends he’s taken it off the plate.

Do you see what I’m saying? And the next person- exactly the same story. Every single one of them has their own food. And every one of them is keeping it quiet. Looking after number one.

But as that plate went round with the sardines on they all got their own food out and started to share. And then that plate went all the way round and back to Jesus and it still had the fish and the loaves on it.

I think Jesus was a bit taken aback.

He says, ‘What happened? ‘ And I just said ‘Miracle’.

And at first I thought I’d fooled him. But now I see it WAS a miracle, one of his best. This little kid had stood up… and everybody there just got bigger.

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I think there are some people who come to church, waiting for some kind of lightning bolt-voice-of-God-burning bush type of moment. They want to get that new job they’ve been praying about. They want the rains to come. They want the cancer to go away.

But I think what this little moment shows us is how wonderful and meaningful small acts of kindness can be. How they can become a miracle. Something small like being there to help a friend through a hard time. Or offering a smile and a handshake to someone new in the neighborhood.

Like when my older daughter told me she was upset that she missed Sunday school…because she didn’t want to miss out.

And when my younger daughter announced as I picked her up from school that she was going to tell everyone coming to her birthday to just bring a donation to Dell Children’s Hospital. I asked her if someone had been at her school talking about Dell. Nobody had. She just decided that she wanted to do it. And I hope she can make me bigger.

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