Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Feast of the Blessed Martyrs of Compiegne
Good morning. There is no doubt that the family sets at the very center of all society. If you wish to change society, then you need only change the family. As Blessed Pope John Paul II noted, “The family is the "first and vital cell of society". In its own way it is a living image and historical representation of the mystery of the Church. The future of the world and of the Church, therefore, passes through the family.”
In today’s Gospel Jesus raises the question of whether His presence makes a difference, whether or not His presence is evident in our lives. We need to ask ourselves how often do we have Jesus come to us in our own lives, yet we fail to recognize his presence. If others look to our family do they see Jesus there amongst us? As Christian families, we not only belong to the Body of Christ, but our daily lives should be a true expression of the Body of Christ.
Today we recall the faith and courage of sixteen Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne who were beheaded for their faith. Would we do the same? Will we cast our vote for Christ? How often do we fail in our lives to be faithful Disciples of Christ? With the constant challenge of values, the intrusion of the media, and the most recent challenge to religious freedom do we as a family reflect our belief in the Body of Christ? We live in a world that desperately needs living witnesses to the faith. Do our lives reflect the love that Christ has for each and every one of us? As married couples are we living faithful lives of mutual love and support which reflect His presence in our marriage? As parents are we bringing up our children in a way which glorifies God? Does our family share and reflect the goodness of life? Does our family reflect the values we desire for our society? Make a great day!
Today we recall the good lives, gifts, and work of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne.
Posted by Donald Gatwood at 6:16 AM