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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Feast of Blessed Mariano de la Mata Aparicio

Good morning. Hope springs eternal in the Gospel message this morning. I sincerely doubt that the scripture verse from John’s Gospel is what prompted the 18th century poem An Essay of Man by Alexander Pope. But as I read the story of Jesus curing the man at the pool of Bethesda it gave rise to thoughts of hope and gratitude for the never ending mercy God has for us, if like the man in the story we are persistent and do not give up hope. This message of hope is a very important one for those of us who are married. All of us need to hope. And in marriage we all hope that the love of our spouse will endure and that they will be there for us no matter what. The message of the Gospel this morning is that God is there for us and His love will sustain us and give us the hope we need to endure in our marriage and be there for each other through it all. With the grace of God hope springs eternal and we are able to endure and help each other through the difficult moments. Water is an important symbol used throughout Scripture. It is a symbol of life and of hope. Throughout this Lenten season we will encounter a number of situations where we encounter the symbolic use of water. Water along with hope are basic human needs, both give us life. May our use of water throughout this day be a reminder of the sustaining hope and life that springs eternal in our marriage. Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Blessed Mariano de la Mata Aparicio. He offered hope to the poorest of the poor.

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