Many people can be known by the uniforms they wear. DART bus and train operators, airline flight crews, police officers, firefighters, nurses, soldiers, nuns, and priests. Wearing a uniform grants them instant recognition, and shows their willingness to serve others.
Jesus teaches us that all of His followers must wear a uniform that is visible. The uniform that Jesus asks us to wear is not made of cloth or adorned with brass and gold braid; it is a uniform of love. We must be patient, merciful and tolerant, and not aggressive, opportunistic, or over-bearing.
People should be able to look at our concern for others, and our willingness to sacrifice ourselves, and say, “That must be a Catholic, I can tell.” Other people of faith, and even those without faith in the Lord, can and do exercise all of these qualities – and they should – but our compassion as Catholics has to be outstanding and consistent.
How often have people been surprised to learn that you are a Catholic? If you answer never or at best very rarely, then it shows that you have not been wearing God’s uniform of love.