Holy Family

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Feast of Saint Ignatius of Santhia

Good morning. Poor Herod, so taken by pursuit of the good life he can’t allow himself to let go of his want of riches and power to pursue the truth in earnest. Yes, he is intrigued by this itinerant preacher from Nazareth, yet we read periodically throughout the narratives of Jesus’ life of Herod’s reluctance to risk losing his power and wealth or let go of what is familiar to pursue further this man from Galilee. In reflecting on this brief passage from Luke’s Gospel this morning I’m reminded of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and the inspirational line ‘all that glisters is not gold’. We are reminded that joy cannot always be detected by its appearances. This uncertainty and reluctance to let go of the familiar and the pursuit of the ‘good life’ is seen so often amongst couples who come for marital counseling. Frequently the drive for a better life drives couples apart; they become blinded by their ambitions and desire for this ‘better life’ and lose sight of the real treasure. They lose out on the opportunity for the true riches and real joy that a life dedicated to marriage and family life offers. We are reminded that if we allow ourselves to pursue this preacher from Galilee, we will find the true treasure and joy a successful marriage offers. Where’s your treasure? Make a great day!

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

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