Holy Family

Holy Family

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Feast of Saint Benedict of Nursia

Good morning. Do we prepare for those we love? Do we work at being our best in anticipation of our loved one’s arrival? That is what the message in today’s Gospel is all about, preparing ourselves for the Kingdom of God, preparing for Jesus’ arrival. Saint Benedict, whose life we commemorate today, understood well this need to prepare for His arrival. He writes in his Holy Rule that it was written for those who are aware that they have wandered from the path that leads to God’s Kingdom, and so it is written toward helping them find their way back and adequately preparing for His return. “let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom.” 

So it should be in our relationship with our spouse. We should aspire to always be at our best, using humility as our guide striving to be the most we can be toward pleasing the one we love. Unfortunately, too often, after marriage we settle into a routine taking each other for granted. Where it comes to our spouse we should never settle for being second best. We should always strive to be our best for them. One of the most intriguing things I recall about my mother-in-law Aggie is that every day in anticipation of my father-in-law Butch’s return home from work she would run a brush through her hair and put fresh lip-stick on. So special was her appreciation for his presence in her life she wanted to be at her very best for him. It should be this way with our spouse. Prior to the cutting of the wedding cake we tended to present our very best self to our future spouse, committing ourselves on a life long journey gives us all the more reason that we should always present our best self to our spouse. So, be our best! Make a great day! 

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Benedict of Nursia.

I can be there for you when it can't get much harder 
I can cover your head when life starts to rain 
I can hold on tight when you feel like you're falling 
I can bread crumb the path when you've lost your way 
 I can make you laugh when the whole world is crying 
 I can build you up when you're broken in shame 
 But if all that we do is absent of Jesus, then this so called love is completely in vain...

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