Thursday, March 29, 2012
Feast of Saints Barachisius and Jonas
Good morning. Just a little bit of appreciation makes a difference. If we show our spouse we appreciate them, it opens the door to their being more appreciative of us. This begins with acceptance, accepting them just the way they are, warts and all. In today’s Gospel we are called to search for Christ, the Risen Christ in our lives and in each other. It is often easy to lose ourselves in the daily demands of our jobs and the day-to-day responsibilities and concerns of life, causing us to lose sight of what is truly important.
Our spouse is the most significant person in our lives and we are called to help them make the most of their lives, and yet far too frequently we attend to everything and everyone else first. Loving our spouse is giving them the freedom to be who they are, but more importantly it is encouraging, inspiring, and supporting them toward being the person they are called to be. Loving our spouse is to appreciate their values and their capabilities, fostering them at every opportunity. Loving our spouse is to be on the lookout for obstacles that might hinder their being the person God intends them to be. Loving our spouse means providing everything we can toward their being the best of what God calls them to be. Loving our spouse means our appreciation for them is such that when we look at them, we see the image of the Risen Christ.
Our two saints, the brothers Barachisius and Jonas, whose lives we commemorate today were called to martyrdom for the faith, fortunately that is not asked of most of us. We are called to enjoin our lives with that of the Risen Christ and to help our spouse to do likewise and that begins with appreciation. If we look for Christ in our other we will find love. Who do you appreciate? Make a great day!
Posted by Donald Gatwood at 6:13 AM