Bullet Control Law

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 02/12/2017

in Ordinary Time

February 12, 2017 – Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.” (Mt   5:21b)

Bullet Control Law

Seems many are debating the gun laws in America. But I have been hearing, “guns don’t kill; people kill!”
Those words got me thinking.
Gun-lovers stash their guns and their bullets.
There is no Bullet Control Law!
“Funny,” I thought. “Isn’t it the bullet that strikes the vital parts of life in humans?”
But a staunch debater shouted back, “That’s crazy; bullets don’t kill; people kill!”

My stubborn mind could not let the thought go.
Here is why, if you care to know. My experiences in life (as I aged in grace,)
felt many a bullet hit my face perhaps this bullet was “misplaced.”
That wounding bullet pierced my heart space!

Have you ever experienced such bullets?

  • Shooting the look that kills
  • Peeking at a watch and not at your face as one speaks
  • Turning away of a head when you pass by
  • Ducking for cover by another as you walk a hall
  • Ignoring that you even exist in a group
  • Interrupting bullets disturbing others in conversation
  • Crossing the road to avoid contact

Let your own experiences add to the stash of ammunition that harbors in minds and hearts.

Remember the old adages:

“Actions speak louder than words.”
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Or, just think with an “out -of-t he-box mentality” about these words of Jesus,
“You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.” (Mt 5:21b)

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What kind of positive “bullet proof vest” helps when killing bullets hit your  heart?
  2. Which ofthe bullets need to be controlled in your own life?
  3. Why is a wounding bullet just as devastating as a killing bullet?
  4. Do you have a gnawing bullet wound you would like to share with anyone?
  5. Why do you keep your stash of bullets?
  6. How can you keep from wounding others?
  7. Is there a special prayer of compassion you pray for those you wound or for those who wound you?

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