They placed them at his feet, and He cured them

December 4, 2019 3:00 am

“Great crowds came to him, having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They placed them at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.” (MT 15: 30-31)

We can also “come to Him” having with us all kinds of weaknesses and limits found in our relationship: our blind spots, our deformities, our mute or lame days, and many others. When we bring them to Our Lord, when we “place them at His feet,” He can cure them. He loves us in the same way that He loved those people because He is the same, He never changes; He was, He is and He always will be Our Lord.

“Behold, the Lord comes to save his people; blessed are those prepared to meet him.” (Gospel Acclamation)

the childlike

December 3, 2019 7:43 am

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” (LK 10: 21) 

Sometimes we want to be very “wise and learned,” especially when we have difficult days in our relationship, and we are looking for arguments regarding who is right. We know by experience that this is the worst strategy; it makes our problem even bigger. Our Lord recommends a different strategy—be “the childlike”: open minded, always curious, forgetting fast, smiling and laughing easy, and expressing love and tenderness naturally. 

“Behold, our Lord shall come with power; he will enlighten the eyes of his servants.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Only say the word

December 2, 2019 7:44 am

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” (MT 8: 8-9)

Our Lord comes to our houses with His Word in the Bible. How often do we have more than just one Bible in our libraries or on our shelves? He wants to speak to us, He wants to respond to our needs, He is always ready to heal our wounds. The only thing He needs is to be opened. When we take the Bible into our hands, when we open and read, when we meditate, we can expect miracles.

“Come and save us, LORD our God; let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.” (Gospel Acclamation)

we may walk in his path

December 1, 2019 7:45 am

“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.” (IS 2: 3) 

Every path should lead us to God, but in a very special way, marriage should do so. This is a unique vocation (even if it concerns so many), because it makes one two totally different people. To understand and to see clearly where we are going, we need to “climb the Lord’s mountain,” “that He may instruct us in His way” to see our vocation from His perspective, so “we may walk in His paths.” 

“Show us Lord, your love; and grant us your salvation.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

fishers of men

November 30, 2019 7:46 am

“As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’” (MT 4: 18-19) 

Every profession is always person oriented; fisherman or shoemaker, mechanic or metallurgist, a man who makes jars or one who makes jar caps needs to remember that in whatever we do, we serve other people; fishermen become “fishers of men.” When we see our houses and our offices clean and in order, it is good to thank those who took care of it. Our homes should especially be places of many thanks. 

“Come after me, says the Lord, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Know that the Kingdom of God is near

November 29, 2019 7:46 am

“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near.” (LK 21: 29-31) 

All these bad things – wars, cataclysms, and disasters – are not to scare us, but to make us stronger, to remind us to believe that “the Kingdom of God is near,” that Our Lord is the Lord, and in Him is our victory not on our side or based on our strength. He protects, He saves, He wins for us—our “redemption is at hand.”  

“Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Thanksgiving 

November 28, 2019 7:47 am

“I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 COR 1: 4-7) 

“I give thanks to my God always” is so important. The United States of America (USA) has a special day called “Thanksgiving” to remember and to be grateful. It is good to celebrate as often as possible every “grace of God” for “any spiritual gift” we have received; it is so good for us to be grateful. When we are grateful, we start seeing the world as a place where God is a king, not a satan and where good always wins, because Our Lord controls everything and in Him we are winners. “In all circumstances, give thanks.” 

“In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

perseverance

November 27, 2019 1:54 pm

“You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” (LK 21: 17-19) 

We will need perseverance to “secure our lives.” But perseverance will not come for this moment if we do not practice it daily. Our daily ritual is the perfect occasion to improve our perseverance. When we stay together every day for a minimum of 20 minutes to fulfill our daily ritual, we prepare ourselves for the unexpected. Remaining faithful daily brings more benefits to our lives—“the crown of life.” 

“Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

When will this happen?

November 26, 2019 6:00 am

“Then they asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?’  He answered, ‘See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them!’” (LK 21: 7-8)

We have many questions like this. We would love to know what will happen to our children, our parents; it would be good to know about our own future… but Our Lord warns us against such thinking. We do not have access to the future; we have today and this present moment. Every day is like a life in miniature—what we will do today, we will do in the future. We don’t know what will happen to our children, but we can show them how much we love them, what kind of choices we make every day, and we can hope that with our good example, they will make our witness part of their own lives. When we take care of our relationship daily, e.g. today, yesterday, and like we will do tomorrow, we can expect that we will take care of our relationship also in the future. Be faithful to your vocation today, and your vocation will take care of you tomorrow: serva regulam et regula te servabit.   

“Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

her whole livelihood

November 25, 2019 6:00 am

“I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” (LK 21: 3-4) 

It sounds exactly like our “gift of self”— not many or much, not a lot of, but “her whole livelihood.” The true “gift of self,” is free, creative, and joyful and always seeks for an opportunity to give all love to our spouses. 

“Stay awake! For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

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