Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Feast of Saint Isidore of Seville
Good morning. As we prepare once again to enter into the Paschal Triduum we need to ask ourselves if we are ready to walk that path to Calvary with our Lord. Tomorrow throughout the Church we will begin these Easter Mysteries with the remembrance of His last meal with his chosen ones and the reenactment of the washing of the feet, an ancient tradition of the Church which reminds us that Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. Are we ready like our Lord to be a servant to each other? The world about us offers many confusing and twisted messages about marriage and family. Many in the world would suggest that the teachings of the Church are “square” and antiquated, and we should have the freedom to choose for ourselves what is right. Our saint for today, Saint Isidore--Patron of the Internet, reminds us that we are not free to pick and choose what we want to believe. “But we are not permitted to believe whatever we choose, nor to choose whatever someone else has believed. We have the Apostles of God as authorities, who did not…choose what they would believe but faithfully transmitted the teachings of Christ.”
We are reminded today of God’s call to us to be servants willingly for one another in the first reading from the Book of Isaiah. We likewise are called to provide comfort to others from the trials and tribulations of daily life; like Simon of Cyrene we are called to help carry the cross for Christ. As married couples we are called to serve each other and like Simon of Cyrene to take-on the burden of the cross for each other. For every time we stoop to serve our partner, for every time we lean over to help one another carry the cross, we draw closer to realizing the resurrection. Let us today prepare to walk hand-in-hand with our spouse following the example given to us by Jesus. May these next few days strengthen us as a couple to grow in our relationship with the Lord, and to grow closer to one another. As we prepare to walk with Our Lord toward Calvary may we take the hand of our mate and renew our promise to walk together that path so that we may come to know the joy of the resurrection. Make a great day!
Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Isidore of Seville.
Posted by Donald Gatwood at 6:35 AM