Holy Family

Holy Family

Friday, January 14, 2011

Feast of Saint Felix of Nola

Good morning.   In this morning’s Gospel from the book of Mark we read, among other miraculous things, about team work.   We read where four men, because they are unable to work their way through the crowd, work together in unison to lower down a paralyzed man through the roof, in the hope that Jesus might cure the man.   “They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.   Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him.   After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying” (Mk 2: 3-4).  We find the need for teamwork in various areas of our lives, and when all are working as a team, when the team is functioning properly, it is a blessing and the common good is served and served well.    Unfortunately there are times when the team is dysfunctional, and this often times is the result of some losing site of the common purpose and looking to serve their individual purpose. We witness in the first reading this morning from Hebrews (Heb 4:1-5, 11)  of the fallout from not working as a team.    We see this all the time within organizations or sports teams, and regretfully I see this quite frequently with married couples that come to my office.  We know from Genesis that it was the Head Coach’s intent that couples work together as a team:  “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.” (Genesis 2:24).   All couples at times find themselves heading in separate directions, they find themselves thinking in terms of ‘me’ versus ‘we’, and fortunately most of the time couples are able to get themselves back on track and working together as a team.   When couples recognize the importance of putting the marriage first, above their individual wants and needs, then the team wins and everyone is a winner.   Make a great day!

Today we recognize the good life and works of Saint Felix of Nola.

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