Holy Family

Holy Family

Friday, April 1, 2011

Feast of Saint Hugh of Grenoble

Good morning. Today’s Gospel is certainly a familiar one with a very familiar message, but a very challenging one in a world gone mad with individualism. In a world where people are quite willing to do whatever it takes, or step on whoever it takes to attend to number one. I can’t think of any more clear depiction of this than watching the drama unfold between a married couple once divorce has been declared and the gloves come off. It is truly tragic to watch, and in many instances the divorce war goes on for the remainder of their years. In the Gospel today Christ calls us to love, and He clearly notes that such love has two dimensions, and that first and foremost it requires the love of God. I ask where is the love of God in the madness that unfolds between divorced couples. Pope Benedict, in his Encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, notes that “to want the same thing and to reject the same thing” is “the authentic content of love.” (Deus Caritas Est, 17) So where is God in the mix of this thing we call divorce? If a couple truly loves God, if they truly want God who is Love in their lives, how is it possible that they choose not to find within themselves a way to make love happen between them? To love God requires our loving each other, and love is a verb and so in order to love God we must put into action our love for God with ourselves and with others. As Pope Benedict notes, to love we must want the same thing, we must want God in our lives, in our relationship. If God is actively a part of our lives we cannot fail in our desire for a lasting and joyful marriage. What do you want for your marriage today? Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Saint Hugh of Grenoble.

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