Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead,and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
When the Lord your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—a land with fine, large cities that you did not build, houses filled with all sorts of goods that you did not fill, hewn cisterns that you did not hew, vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant—and when you have eaten your fill, take care that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. The Lord your God you shall fear; him you shall serve, and by his name alone you shall swear.
Today is the memorial of St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). In the first reading, Moses tells the Israelites to remain faithful to God before and after settling in the Promised Land. They are to do this by loving God with all their heart, soul, and strength, and to repeat this commandment to their children so that they do not forget the Lord who liberated them from slavery in Egypt.
We too are expected to love God and to repeat (preach) to others how God’s love has freed us and continues to free us from different kinds of enslavement. However, we cannot effectively preach about love merely with words. Simple acts of love such as one beggar sharing bread with another beggar are more effective homilies in a world where people do not feel free due to poverty, injustice, discrimination, and addictions. Love without deeds is dead!
—Fr. Lawrence Kyaligonza, S.J., a Jesuit of the East Africa province, is pursuing MBA studies at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.
May God the Father, who made us, bless us.
May God the Son, who redeemed us, send healing into our midst.
May God the Holy Spirit, who gives us life, move within us.
May God give us eyes to see to God, ears to hear God,
and hands to bring God’s work into the world.
May we walk with God and preach the word of God to all.
May the angel of peace watch over us and lead us
at last by God’s grace to the eternal Kingdom.
— Prayer of St. DominicPlease share the Good Word with your friends!