As a Marriage and Family Therapist I celebrate the chance to help married couples come to a better understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage. Sadly we have lost a sense of marriage as it was intended by God in the beginning. This blog is about marriage as it applies to scripture and the lives of the saints. As a Marriage Counselor I invite you to walk with me on a journey within the rich anthropology of our faith. The sacredness of Marriage is what this blog, and my work is all about.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Feast of Pope Saint Anastasius I
Good morning. Today’s Gospel from the first Chapter of Luke is to a large extent about living our faith in God and trusting in His Divine Providence. Today’s Gospel offers us a brief glimpse into the life of Elizabeth and Zechariah, who we discover despite their late years will give birth to a son we will come to know as John the Baptist. As we recall from yesterday’s Gospel reading the Angel Gabriel offers an explanation for this unusual circumstance noting in his exchange with Elizabeth’s cousin Mary that “nothing will be impossible for God.” This idea of Divine Providence is certainly one which has tended to fall to the wayside in today’s secular and skeptical culture. No, current day society tends not to offer anything to happenstance; we tend not to trust in God’s providence. No most of us tend to want to take charge, to believe that we are in charge. We need only look at the Americanization of reproductive practices to realize that many of us do not put much stock in Divine Providence. Yes, we may pray with some regularity, and we may participate in the sacraments, but when it comes to taking charge of our lives we are reluctant to put things into God’s hands, we are a take charge people, we leave nothing to chance. Marriage in current day society is viewed to be more of an economic venture than a covenant with God and each other, and any offspring will absolutely be planned so as not to interfere with our happiness. I’m reminded of a conversation my wife had with someone once regarding children, and the suggestion that they only planned to “have one, but we’ll have a second one, just in case.” Financial sacrifice is not anything couples today sign-on for, no it is about living ‘well’ versus living ‘good’. The idea of accepting whatever children God might send our way is quite a foreign concept to most married couples today. No, I trust in the Lord—kind of! For trust—trust in God’s Providence we need only look to our Saint for today, Saint Anastasias, for an example of living life with faith in God and living free of the trappings of materialism. Likewise as we approach the celebration of God’s Gift of Salvation we can look to the Holy Family as an example of placing our trust in God. There is a great lesson for all married couples in the life of the Holy Family--God will provide for those who sincerely place their trust in Him. Lord, please be present to us this day as we place our trust in You. Make a great day!