Weekly Word Blog
Sometimes we are distracted. Sometimes the homilist is a poor communicator. Sometimes we just were not the target audience. I know, life happens, but that doesn’t mean your not looking to get something from the Gospel. Everyday Catholic is here to help. The Weekly Word blog and Podcast are designed for people like us. People who are looking for a little help to dive in.
Jesus example shows us that marriage is more than what you are getting out of the relationship and it is about more than “feeling alive.”
It is a choice that is much stronger and more meaningful than that. Sometimes love means suffering for the sake of another. Love is more about giving than it is about receiving. Sometimes love is a fight, not with the other person (although sometimes we do need to argue), but for the other person. And often, more often than they will tell you in marriage prep, the person you need to fight is yourself.
As a modern Christian, I think we have become a little desensitized to the majesty of our Lord. We are familiar with Jesus, sure. If you ask most Catholics, they would tell you they know all about him. But really, the Jesus that most of us conceive of, well, he isn’t actually Jesus. Not the one who we read about in scripture. The popular conception of Jesus lacks the vitality and power of the real person. If we are honest, he is kind of wimpy…
Jesus knew the importance of speaking to large crowds. He knew the importance of miracles and prophecy. But, he also invested in relationships with an intimate group of followers. Maybe its time we added that to our Everyday Catholic lives as well.
If I am honest, most of the time I am just like Peter. I am good at declaring who God is, “Jesus is Lord!” But, when it comes down to it, I want my plan for my salvation, not his. When God begins to speak hard truths into my life, when he calls me to pick up the cross and follow, more often than not, I pull him aside and rebuke him. “Lord, it isn’t supposed to be like this. You're letting me down. Pull it together.”
I love it when Jesus calls out the hypocrites in the Gospel. But, most of the time I like it because in my pride I think of other people when I read it. Today, I am asking God to show me any areas of hypocrisy in my faith, and I am asking him to change me.
If there was ever any doubt, the recent scandals in the Church have made it crystal clear, that this is an age in which Saints are needed. This is an age hungry for passionate men and women, living in Christ, and living out Christ. So, get to it. You were not meant for ordinary lives. You were born into Him to live in Him, like Him.
Ephesians 5:21-32 is a beautiful instruction to Christian spouses. Husbands are called to be like Jesus, totally giving themselves to their wives, as Christ totally gives himself to the Church. Wives are supposed to totally give themselves to their husbands, as the Church is called to totally give itself to Christ.