Holy Family

Holy Family

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Feast of Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria

Good morning. A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. In the Gospel Jesus’ ministry touches people by means of various acts of kindness. His acts of kindness increases people’s faith. In the first reading from the Book of Genesis and in our Responsorial Psalm today from Psalm 17 we read of our desire for experiencing the presence of God. We experience the presence of God in the living out of the sacraments. In the sacraments we are able to visibly experience that which is invisible. Marriage is one such experience. It is through the sacrament of marriage by way of various acts of kindness, simple things like housework, mowing the lawn, going to our jobs everyday, cuddling, and many more acts of kindness which serve to allow a couple to experience God. Likewise the coming to terms and learning to wrestle with and accept the imperfections of the other serves to experience as well God’s love in the other. It is sometimes difficult and challenging, yet it is in our willful acceptance of those things we sometimes want to draw away from where we especially experience God’s love in our marriage. The complimentary mix between a couple provides for a loving dependence upon each other and encourages a mutual building up of each other toward increasingly experiencing God’s love in the other. It is in these loving experiences of one another, like Jacob in the reading from Genesis, that we come to see the face of God. What acts of kindness might we offer today? Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria. He is the founder of the Barnabite Fathers and Brothers.

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