Holy Family

Holy Family

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Feast of Saint Jane Francis de Chantal

“Happily ever after.” There is a ‘happily ever after’ and we have all been invited. Each one of us has been invited to a wedding feast, but it isn’t necessarily going to take place today. Today is but a preparation for the feast to take place. Yet, we have been hoodwinked into believing a different version of the story. Each of us has been invited to a banquet, but we often seem to be fooled into believing the banquet is here and now. The devil, the things of this world, often have us believe that we have already arrived at the wedding reception. In today’s Gospel Jesus assures us that we have all been invited to His banquet, some will be dressed for it and others won’t. Some of us look to our own weddings as the banquet of all banquets, as the ticket to ‘happily ever after.’ Marriage isn’t our ‘happily ever after’ but our preparation for the real wedding feast. Our marriage is but a journey we take together which hopefully leads us to the ultimate wedding dance with our Lord. Often times we get wrapped up in our own worldly banquet and can get spiritually lazy about preparing for the heavenly banquet. Our marriage can be a very happy time together, but it isn’t nor can it be the true ‘happily ever after’; it more than likely will be a journey of good times and bad, and how we choose to deal with that will determine whether we’ll be properly attired for the ultimate wedding banquet. So, enjoy your dance today, but be sure that the two of you are in step with the tune which will direct you to the real happily ever after. Or as our Saint for today, Saint Jane Francis de Chantal indicated: “Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to him. That is all the doing you have to worry about.” Make a great day!

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Saint Jane Francis de Chantal.

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