“My father, if the prophet told you to do something extraordinary, would you not do it?” - 2 Kings 5:13
Why is it that we tend to think that, in order for God to do something extraordinary for us, we must do something extraordinary for Him? Is it because we think we have to "earn" His love? Or is it that we want to be thought of as being "special", and unless we are asked to do something extraordinary we're not special enough in His eyes? We often discount the simplest efforts to please God as being unworthy of Him, or of us. But throughout the Bible we hear that God doesn't want great sacrifices on our part, but rather for us to respond simply to His love with a contrite spirit and a humble heart. Humility means taking directions from God, no matter how mundane, how boring, or how simple they may seem. And He gives us how to respond to Him through the teachings of His Church. God isn't asking us to be great, only that we are faithful. And being faithful to the teachings of His Church may be the most extraordinary effort of all.