Holy Family

Holy Family

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Feast of Saint Angela of the Cross Guerrero

Good morning. Jesus’ words of caution to His Apostles reminds me of the saying, “Be careful of what you ask for, you just may get it.” Jesus in the Gospel for today suggests to James and John, the sons of Zebedee, that they don’t have a clue what they are asking for when they suggest they would like to sit at His right and to His left. He says to them, “You do not know what you are asking.” (Mk 10: 38) I’m reminded of every tale of a Genie in the bottle I’ve ever read. All these Genie stories always seem to end in disaster. It occurs to me that often couples sometimes enter marriage with the same reckless abandonment and glamorized anticipation as those who find themselves engaged in the three wishes with the Genie in the bottle. And worse still, their unrealistic expectations result in similar disaster as the recipients of the three wishes granted by the Genie. The hard truths we all come to realize following the exchange of the “I do’s” teach us what love really means. Despite the realities of life, many young couples approach the altar to marry with romantic visions of how it ought to be, romantic images which are doomed to implode once reality returns. If one of our three wishes is for Prince Charming or Cinderella we are guaranteed to be disappointed. So, the next time you encounter your Fairy Godmother, be careful what you ask for, you just may get it. Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Saint Angela of the Cross Guerrero.

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