May, the month in which the Earth springs into bloom and we start thinking about planting gardens, family picnics and making holiday plans. It’s also the Month of Mary and a busy month in the Salesian calendar. We have a Novena to Mary Help of Christians, books and piety items to honour the Holy Mother.

Jesus and The Little People: Gospel Encounters

Jesus and The Little People: Gospel Encounters

Michael T Winstanley SDB


A sensitive exploration of the minor characters, or 'little people' in the Gospel narratives.

ISBN 978-1-909080-17-1

Paperback portrait 148mm x 210mm



The Little People, in the gospels, are often anonymous. Unlike the authorities and disciples, they cannot be considered a group character, because they are not connected to each other. Some are unobtrusive; others simply facilitate the action of an episode; others serve as catalysts. Some play a greater role, standing out for the quality of their faith and trust, or because they convey the meaning of service. Their role is important and memorable, and impacts strongly on the reader. I find the designation Little People much more attractive and engaging than Minor Characters. The encounters between Jesus and the Little People throughout the Gospel story reveal a great deal about Jesus himself and about the nature of genuine discipleship.