Dr. Tom Dooley excited the imagination of the world in the 1950s. He was a young navy doctor fresh out of medical school. One afternoon, Tom’s ship picked up a thousand injured men and women.
Tom was the only doctor on board, so he began the backbreaking job of helping these people. Soon an excitement grew inside him. He saw how a simple cast soothed a broken arm. He saw how a simple lancing relieved a swollen hand. He saw how the simplest medical treatment brought smiles to pain-filled faces.
Tom saw something else. He saw that helping these people made him happier than he had ever been in his entire life. When Tom’s time in the navy was over, he went back to Asia to work among the poor.
In the gospel today, Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. The next is to love your neighbor as yourself.
Dr. Tom Dooley put these words onto practice with every patient he cared for and with every smile he put on a patient’s face. We can all do the same thing, through our love for God and our love for one another.
Sincerely in Christ,