When Does an Ordinary Act Become a Holy One?

Whilst at church this morning, my daughter needed to feed. We are still exclusively breastfeeding at this time, and so out came the boobs. Discreetly, obviously! But then, our vicar announced it was time to sing our next hymn. When it comes to my faith, music has always been the thing that speaks clearly to me; the thing which helps me to connect with God and plug into his Spirit. When I have a cold, or a sore throat, I feel spiritually pained, as I love to use my voice to praise God, and really hate being unable to do that.

So, this morning I remained seated whilst everyone else sang this song:  

It occurred to me, whilst I was sitting there and nursing my wonderful daughter, that what I was doing was very ordinary to me and the world… And yet extraordinary to God. 

‘Ordinary things have an extraordinary value in the eyes of God, especially when done as acts of love, love of God and love of the family. But their special value comes from the fact that God became man, lived a family life in Nazareth with Mary and Joseph, and thereby sanctified the the ordinary and gave it meaning.’ (Basil Hume OSB, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, To Be a Pilgrim: A Spiritual Notebook)

There we have it then. Breathe on me, breath of God, till I am wholly thine, until this earthly part of me glows with thy fire divine. What have I always seen as a holy act of worship? Singing! I had felt I’d be missing out on a holy act of worship if feeding during a hymn or song, but that just isn’t true. As I thought about these words, whilst feeding my little one, I felt as connected to God as I ever have. All of these little earthly acts, they are important, when they’re done with love.

What small and ordinary acts do you carry out each day? How can you do them with such abundant love that they become extraordinary, Holy acts?


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