In Praise of Small Talk

In Scripture, when Jesus wants to communicate about the kingdom, he talks of rebellious children and thieves, pesky weeds and farmer’s fields, investment strategies and sheep. In the same way, these “small talk” conversations that happened in homes all around our parish became doorways to evangelism and discipleship. … “If we avoid small talk, we abandon the very field in which we have been assigned to work.”

This is a compelling reflection by Julie Canlis. I crave deep conversations and connections with people, but we sometimes fail to remember that those kinds of relationships tend to spring from the soil of small talk and grow over time.


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