Saturday, March 05, 2011
9th Sunday of Ordinary Time Cycle A - 2011
May the Peace of Christ reign in our hearts.
Sometimes a priest hears very very sad things like…
“He says he loves me but he won’t talk to me.”
“She says she loves me but she is never satisfied.”
“My parents say they love me but they are always so busy.”
“He says he loves me but he is always angry at me and I am afraid.”
“I love God but I never go to Church
“I only think of God when I need or want something but I do love him.”
How often do we used the phrase I love it when we talk about things?
I love that car,I love your dress, I love the new Ipad 2I love I love
How can you love a thing and how can a thing love you back.
We throw the words around so often and in so many ways.
We say love love love and sadly, quite frankly sometimes we don’t love at all.
That’s the message of the Gospel today words are not enough.
Saying “Lord Lord,” is not enough.
Saying "I love you" is not enough.
Saying anything is not enough.
If I were to sum up this Gospel I could probably use the phrases like..
"if you’re going to talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk"
or “talk is cheap”
or “actions speak louder than words”
or “practice what you preach”
Benjamin Franklin is reputed to have coined the proverbial saying "Well done is better than well said".
Talkers are no good doers: be assured
We come to use our hands and not our tongues.
St. Francis said
“Preach the Gospel always use words only when necessary…”
Think about it.. when we went astray, when we needed Him,
God did not just say “I love you”…
rather his love became incarnate… it took on flesh.
As St Paul wrote to the Philippians
“he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
In other words Love didn’t just remain words… It became flesh
I am convinced the saddest human beings are those who have never really loved or those who have simply talked about it. and let me tell you they are out there.
May our love go beyond words everyday.
May we imitate our Lord whose love became flesh.
That’s what God wants from us.
That’s what God wants for us.
Posted by Fr. Bob at 9:29 AM