Holy Family

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Feast of Saint Bibiana

Good morning. It is difficult at times to see things from a Christian perspective. We are often blinded by a world that really struggles to see things from the perspective of the cross. We live in a world which truly struggles with understanding this idea of self-sacrifice, yet that is precisely what our Lord is calling us to. We are asked to look to each other with the understanding eyes of the Christ. Yet our relationships do not always reflect the total, committed, sacrificial love or the merciful understanding of our Lord. There are times we step aside from seeing things as ‘we’ and instead we look at our relationship from the perspective of “What am I getting out of this?” We often go from a self-giving love to a self-getting love. It is not always easy to see things with the eyes of Christ, we don’t always approach each other with the love and fairness we should. Like the blind men in today’s Gospel we need to look to Jesus for help, we need to cry out “Son of David, have pity on us!”

One thing which always strikes me about this passage and others like it, despite Jesus telling them “sternly” not to tell anyone, they go right out and disobey Him. How often do we do likewise? How often do we place into question our own trustworthiness? Trust must be a constant in a viable relationship. Reciprocal trust and trustworthiness is necessary to ensure a loving and lasting marriage. Son of David help us to be more self-giving and more trustworthy. Make a great day!

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

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