“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise, that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.” (EPH 6: 1-4)
“In the Lord,” “of the Lord,” “the Lord, and “from the Lord”–for St. Paul everything directs to Our Lord, and he wants to direct everybody to the Lord. He is the answer to all our questions, He is the One Who knows the Father and knows where our destination is and what our vocation is. Through Him, and with Him and in Him, we can fulfill our lives.
“God has called us through the Gospel to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.” (EPH 5: 31-33)
Created by God, redeemed by God, sanctified by God and united by God, a married couple is not only a normal human relationship but also “a great mystery,” but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church.” It is so obvious that because it is a mystery not all are able to admire it: “You have revealed to little ones.”
“Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; You have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.” (EPH 4: 32-5:1-2)
Being Our Lord’s “beloved children,” we can naturally “be imitators of God”: “kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another.” Because we are under God’s protection and we are unconditionally loved, we can transmit His love to our relatives and to our friends.
“Your word, O Lord, is truth; consecrate us in the truth.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“Jesus said to him in reply, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man replied to him, ‘Master, I want to see.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go your way; your faith has saved you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (MK 10: 51-52)
This is almost the same question as on last Sunday: “ What do you want me to do for you?” But this time the answer is not about authority and power but about the ability to see. Bartimaeus had no doubts about what was the most important thing to him. Our Lord repeats this question every day because He loves us and wants to know what we expect from Him. We can reply to Him every day: I want to see my relatives’ needs; I want to see what I can change for the better; I want to see how to love more, etc.
“Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ, from whom the whole Body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, brings about the Body’s growth and builds itself up in love.” (EPH 4: 15-16)
Love and truth goes together. If not, we are in trouble. Love is about being gentle and respectful; love is about giving ourselves and taking care of others; love is about listening and listening again, alway focused on understanding more and more. Love is about converting ourselves, not trying to convert or to change our spouses.
“I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord, but rather in his conversion that he may live.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace;” (EPH 4: 1-3)
Gentleness comes back to our minds very often because this is our first step in our Programs. Without gentleness we look on others from our own perspective, expecting rather than giving, projecting on them instead of accepting reality and judging them rather than defending them. Gentleness is the only way we can improve our relationship.
“Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“…that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (EPH 3: 17-19)
When everything is “rooted and grounded in love,” we can “be filled with all the fullness of God.”When we are “rooted and grounded in love,” we can experience “the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” and create an environment where we are gentle, respectful and givers of selves. With love we can achieve everything.
“I consider all things so much rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him.” (Gospel Acclamation)
“To me, the very least of all the holy ones, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the inscrutable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for all what is the plan of the mystery hidden from ages past in God who created all things, so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the Church to the principalities and authorities in the heavens.” (EPH 3: 8-10)
When we pray, attend the Holy Mass, meditate on the Bible, or adore Him hidden in the Blessed Sacrament, we can learn more about “the inscrutable riches of Christ.” He knows all the answers for our questions, always has time to listen to us and is never tired of forgiving our sins and leading us.
“Stay awake! For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.” (Gospel Acclamation)
As U probably found we were out for several days. We lost access to our webpage, but fortunately, with a help of our friends, we are back. In the meantime we moved our homilies to Godly.com So now, U can reach us here and also in Godly.com (Fr. Jarosław Szymczak)
Keeping You always in my prayers
“Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (EPH 2: 21-22)
St. Pope Paul VI reminded us in his encyclical letter “Humanae vitae”: “that husband and wife become in a way one heart and one soul and together attain their human fulfillment” (HV, 9). “One heart and one soul” and “together” corresponds with “being built together into a dwelling place.” This is the way of living for married couples—remembering about their unity, looking for everything which makes them “one heart and one soul,” and remembering that their unique talent lies in being together because they are “built together.”
“Be vigilant at all times and pray that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.” (Gospel Acclamation)