Holy Family

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Feast of Saint John Neumann

Good morning. In this morning’s Gospel from the book of Mark (Mk 6:45-52) we find the apostles caught in a storm and attempting to row against the wind, and then along comes Jesus who then calms the sea. He likewise calms the apostles, saying “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”  Like the apostles we’ll encounter storms. All of us, no matter what our situation in life, will encounter storms, and some of us will survive them better than others.  All marriages encounter a storm now and then, it is inevitable, but with faith and commitment most couples manage to make it back to shore. Like the apostles in the story from the writer Mark, couples now and then need to make their way against the waves.  This can sometimes be a challenge, especially in a world that suggests easier routes; it sometimes requires a leap of faith and too it requires an acceptance of that person manning the ship with you whether your partner is always sea worthy or not. Like the crew of any vessel, a couple needs to believe in each other and be committed to working together in order to make their way through the occasional storm, and most of all the crew must have faith in their Captain. As the Captain says, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” Make a great day!

Today we celebrate the good life and works of Saint John Neumann.

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