Holy Family

Holy Family

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Feast of Saint Panteleon

What is the Kingdom of God worth? What is it worth to you? If it were for sale, how much would you be willing to pay for it? In today’s Gospel Jesus offers for us an illustration of the worth of heaven. Is the worth of heaven such that you are willing to give a part of you? Of course we are inclined to respond that we would likely give anything and make any sacrifice to earn the reward of heaven. Are we inclined to do likewise for our marriage? That is what God intends for us. God created us in our human bodies as male and female so that as husband and wife we could make a gift of our whole person, our whole life, to each other. For some this is a tremendous price to pay. For those willing to make this commitment there are tremendous joys, joys unknown apart from marriage, but there are also times of sorrow and disappointment. For those called to marriage it is a means of sanctification; in the sacrament of marriage we help each other grow in holiness through our gift of self to each other. Marriage embraces both trial and joy. This act of total self-giving to the other and the receiving of the gift of the other person offers the opportunity for joy beyond imagining. Gary L. Thomas, in his book The Joy of a Sacred Marriage: Insights and Reflections from Sacred Marriage , suggests that "God made us to find fulfillment in Him--the Totally Other. Marriage shows us that we are not all there is; it calls us to give way to another but also to find joy, happiness, and even ecstasy in another." What price are you willing to pay for your marriage today? Make a great day!

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

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