Today we celebrate the Patron Saint of Wales. St David’s Day is a great day to be reminded that we must do the little things….The legend of St David says that he gave is last words in a sermon — they were these:
“Lords, brothers and sisters, Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed, and do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. And as for me, I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us…Do ye the little things in life”
We have those who have travelled ahead of us who have shown us the gentle and loving way. The pilgrimage of our fathers and mothers was a witness to faith and to to love. Legend says that David worked hard, a renowned preacher and teacher and advanced the work of the monastics.
His best-known miracle is said to have taken place when he was preaching in the middle of a large crowd at the Synod of Brefi: the village of Llanddewi Brefi stands on the spot where the ground on which he stood is reputed to have risen up to form a small hill. A white dove, which became his emblem, was seen settling on his shoulder. John Davies notes that one can scarcely “conceive of any miracle more superfluous” in that part of Wales than the creation of a new hill.
While we may not have a hill rise for us, we may by tending to the little things in life rise to the work of being disciples of the way of love. Let us be mindful of the small ways that we can make the love of God real.
Happy St David’s Day