You all know the saying: actions speak louder than words. This morning's text is just St. Paul's way of saying the same thing. I f we love God we will do more than talk about it. We will do something about it. We will love Him in deed and in action.
A man who was visiting a cancer hospital watched a nun as she moved from bed to bed taking care of the patients. She moved like an angel of mercy, treating the patients as if she loved them — and she did. The more ugly and repulsive the patients were, the kinder the nun was to them. The man said to her, " I would not do that for a million dollars." "Neither would I," answered the Sister. "I do it for the love of God." She was loving God in deed and in action.
Another man said to another nun as he watched her in another hospital performing the same tasks of mercy to other patients —he said to her,
"What unpleasant things you have to do." She replied,
"I do not have to do them. I am allowed to do them. I do them for the love of God."
She was loving God in deed and in action.
A young boy was given two dimes by his mother on a Sunday morning. One was for the collection in church and the other was for candy. On his way to church he dropped one of the dimes. It rolled and fell down the sewer. He said to himself, "I wonder which dime I lost? Was it God's dime or mine?" He came to the right conclusion, and proved that he could love God in deed and in action as well as in word.
People know that if we really love God as we should our actions will show it, and if we do not our actions will show that also. A priest once went to pay a man one of the parish bills. When the bill was paid the man went to make out a receipt. The priest said,
"God saw me pay you. I don't need a receipt." The man replied,
"I do not believe in God." "Then," said the priest,
"I think you had better give me a receipt.":
Take time out during this week and check up on yourselves. Is your love for God just something that means a lot of empty words or is it something that carries itself over into your actions? You say the Our Father every day, yet if you do not forgive others their trespasses, then it is just a lot of empty words for you. You say in the Hail Mary "Now and at the hour of our death." If you are not ready for death then they are just empty words without any meaning for you. Check up on yourselves and see whether your lives are guided by the text, "Let us love not in word, neither with the tongue, but in deed and truth."
Source: Heirs of the Kingdom, Imprimatur 1949