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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Feast of Blessed Metodio Domenico Trcka

Good morning. Do we really know what we are asking? Can we truly drink of the Chalice? In today’s Gospel the mother of the sons of Zebedee, John and James, ask for her two sons to be able to sit at Jesus’ right and left in the kingdom. Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?” (Mt 20: 22) In the Sacrament of Marriage we make a choice to drink from that Chalice, to truly give of ourselves in sacrifice to our partner. In marriage we make a choice to deliberately enter into the service of one another, to put aside our own individual wants and desires for the common good of the covenantal relationship. Do any of us truly know what we are undertaking in our promise to give all to one another, to sacrifice everything? Yet, sacrifice is precisely what married life is comprised of; it is what we will be asked to do day after day until one or the other is called home to the kingdom. And on the day that we make this promise, none of us know what awaits us in the days and years ahead, yet we promise to be there in good times and bad. Do we really know what we are asking? Can we truly drink of the Chalice? Yes, Jesus assures us we will indeed drink of His Chalice but not without utter dependence upon the ever flowing help of God’s loving grace. For all of us there are days where it would be much easier to just walk away. For all of us there are days where we find ourselves saying “I deserve better.” For all of us there are days where we wonder whether it is truly worth again sacrificing and foregoing once again what we personally want. It is in this decision to once again give of ourselves, to die once again to ourselves, where we find the grace and love to again drink of the Chalice. It is in drinking of the Chalice where our love and commitment grow. What can you sacrifice today? Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Blessed Metodio Domenico Trcka.

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