Reflection for Oct. 23, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


by Sister Carlotta Ullmer

This Sunday's celebration invites us to hear Jesus repeat, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  ... You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Truly, we hear, gain knowledge, with our ears and with our eyes.  Don't actions speak louder than words?  Can our actions and omissions clearly portray our whole-hearted love of God?

One's compassionate demeanor can reflect love of neighbor:

  • bake a bachelor's birthday cake
  • window shop with a curious thrifty one
  • telephone the lonely talkative widow
  • wash dishes at a parish fund-raising event
  • babysit a sick mother's children
  • take a single mother and children on a picnic
  • wash an arthritic person's windows

Hearing the cries of those on the margins motivates a passionate pursuit of justice by:

  • communicating with legislators
  • voting in all elections
  • protesting injustices
  • honest boycotting
  • signing worthy petitions

Yes, Lord Jesus, we want to hear you.