save his life—loses his life

August 7, 2020 4:00 am

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (MT 16: 25)

And the only difference between losing and saving is why we want to do it. If it is self-oriented and reactive—directs us to ourselves and is selfish; when is “for my sake,” when is altruistic and proactive— “will find life.”

“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness; for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Listen to Him

August 6, 2020 4:00 am

“While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.’” (MT 17:5)

God the Father didn’t speak much in the Bible. But whenever He spoke in the New Testament it was always about His Son, His Son’s mission and how important is to listen to His Son. It looks, that this is really important to reflect daily on Our Lord’s words, to have daily contact with Jesus, and to know what He says today.

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Gospel Acclamation)

O woman  

August 5, 2020 4:00 am

“He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.” (MT 15: 24-28)
 
She put her daughter’s health as more important that her possible rejection. She was humiliated, but because she was not demanding and asked as a person who lives as a gift of self, she was heard and her daughter was healed. “O woman, great is  your faith.” 
 
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst and God has visited his people.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

blind guides of the blind  

August 4, 2020 4:00 am

“Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. If a  blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (MT 15: 14)
 
This is why we learn all the time; this is why we want to live in a community with other couples to learn from them and to have regular meetings and moments of sharing and learning from each other. The more we know, the more we want to learn to guide and to help our brothers and sisters who are also married. We are not better, but we are equals and we want to help (“Among the fruits which ripen forth from a generous effort of fidelity to the divine law, one of the most precious is that married couples themselves not infrequently feel the desire to communicate their experience to others. Thus there comes to be included in the vast pattern of the vocation of the laity a new and most noteworthy form of the apostolate of like to like; it is married couples themselves who become apostles and guides to other married couples. This is assuredly, among so many forms of apostolate, one of those which seems most opportune today.” HV, 26)
 
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” (Gospel Acclamation) 
 

People brought to him all those who were sick and begged him  

August 3, 2020 4:00 am

“People brought to him all those who were sick and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.” (MT 14: 35-36)
 
We are important; our relationship with Our Lord is important—we know Him, we know our friends and neighbors, we can bring “to him all those who are sick,” and we ask, “beg Him” to help. Today we are in better condition and we ask for help, on another day our friends will beg for us. The more we are in love with Our Lord, the more we can help. 
 
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.” (Gospel Acclamation) 

Give them some food yourselves

August 2, 2020 4:00 am

“Jesus said to them, ‘There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.’ But they said to him, ‘Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.’ Then he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’” (MT 14: 16-18)

This is what we called in our Programs: extreme ownership; start solving problems with yourself, do not look for others. “Five loaves and two fish” is not enough, but only from our limited perspective. It was enough for Our Lord. If your friend needs some help, do not look for “professionals” who can help, start with yourself.

“One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Gospel Acclamation)

It is not lawful for you to have her

August 1, 2020 4:00 am

“Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him, ‘It is not lawful for you to have her.’” (MT 14: 3-4)

Our Programs are in the same area: to protect the dignity of marriage, to protect people from making stupid decisions, and from one mistake jump to another one. John the Baptist paid the highest price for protecting marriage—his head. When we do Programs we share with others our time, our knowledge, our dedication, we miss our children and are exhausted after the weekend, but we know how important is for the future of this world the quality of marriage.

“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Is he not the carpenter’s son?

July 31, 2020 4:00 am

“Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him.” (MT 13: 54-57)

This is why we put so great concern on our premises. With our beliefs comes the interpretation: what we can expect from “the carpenter’s son”? we know his cousins—they are ordinary people. Our problems start when we have bad premises about our relationships, our spouses and the quality of their signs of love.

“The word of the Lord remains forever; this is the word that has been proclaimed to you.” (Gospel Acclamation)

both the new and the old

July 30, 2020 4:00 am

“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” (MT 13: 52)

Those “who have been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven” are very flexible. They know that Heaven is about love and whatever brings more love, keeps you closer to your spouse, makes you more respectful and gentle, free, creative and joyful is exactly what you need; because it is not about me, it abuts my spouse and communicating her/him how much we love them.

“Open our heart, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.” (Gospel Acclamation)

anxious and worried about many things

July 29, 2020 4:00 am

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” (LK 10: 41-42)

We know perfectly Martha’s dilemma: how to prepare everything to express our hospitality and our joy of Our Lord’s visit and have enough time to do Mary’s part. The problem with being busy is only when we are so busy being busy, that we forget why we are busy; all our activities have one main purpose—to love, to be united, to be happy givers and have enough time to stay close and enjoy our relationship. If our activity is based on thinking: tomorrow, or next week, or next month or year I will have more time for my loved ones, we are in danger. We have only today to live.

“I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.” (Gospel Acclamation)

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