A girl was watching her mother cooking a dish in the kitchen. On the shelf, there were several containers, neatly labelled, each containing cooking ingredients like salt, sugar, oil, vinegar or a spice. The mother opened the lids of the containers in a definite order and added the required amount of each ingredient into the cooking pot which was heated on a stove. Finally, she opened the last container and looked inside for a while and then closed it without taking anything from it. Then she served the delicious dish to everyone with great love. The children relished the dishes with a smile. This happened every day.

One day, the mother was too sick to cook. Her daughter agreed to do the cooking. She followed the mother’s recipe. The girl examined the labels of every container while trying to follow the directions of her mother. She found that the last container did not carry a label and so ignored it. She placed the cooking pot on the stove and put on the flame.

When the dish was getting ready, out of curiosity, she opened the unlabelled container, which her mother used to open, observe and close like a ritual every day. She was surprised to find there was only one small card in that container, with something written on it; A short verse from the Holy Bible, “Do all your work in love” {1 Corinthians 16: 14}.

Now she realised how her mother used to serve their food with love every time after reading the message in the last container.

A favourite motto of St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata (1910 – 1997) was: “Do small things with great love.

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