Saturday, September 1, 2012
Feast of Saint Giles
Good morning. To truly live life we must be willing to take some risks; we must be willing to put ourselves out there. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. In today’s Gospel Jesus makes it quite clear in the parable of the three servants and the talents that we must be willing to give of ourselves if we expect to be rewarded. The message of today’s Gospel is quite clear, as Christians we must be willing to put ourselves at risk. Marriage is worth the risk. In fact, if we fail to put ourselves out there, then we shouldn’t be at all surprised if our spouse fails to do likewise.
Love requires some risk, some dying to self. Our saint for today, Saint Giles, and most all the saints have much to teach us about dying to self. Unfortunately we live in a world which tells us differently. It tells us to focus on me. The devil says to us: “Go get it, get all that you can, don’t worry about anyone else.” "If someone gets in your way of getting ahead, just throw them to the curb." No, for marital love to last, and for us to one day know the joy of the faithful servants, we must be willing to take some risks, put aside our selfishness, and be self-giving.
Pope John Paul II notes in his Letter To Families that “Selfishness in all its forms is directly and radically opposed to the civilization of love… what is important is not so much individual actions (whether selfish or altruistic), so much as the radical acceptance of the understanding of man as a person who "finds himself" by making a sincere gift of self.”
Jesus assures us that in order to have true life in Him we must escape life in this world, we must escape living in the world of I. So too in marriage, for it to be successful we must escape the world of I and discover the world of We. Selfishness will not gain us the Kingdom of God. What can we do to be less selfish today? Let me know. I’d really like to hear from you. Discover the world of We today. Make a great day!
Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Giles.
Posted by Donald Gatwood at 6:29 AM