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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Feast of Blessed Pope John XXIII

Good morning. What is it we really need? Whatever it is Jesus assures us in today’s Gospel we need only ask. He encourages us to persevere in our prayers and that God the Father listens and that He will respond to what we need. We are reminded that much as we respond to the requests of a child, our Heavenly Father will respond to our requests and that the answer to all of our joy and happiness is right there for the asking. This simple trust and openness provides for us the lasting joy of a good marriage. Belief and trust in God is only a part of the answer. To believe and trust in God we must also know who He is, and so it is with marriage. It is through faith, which is a gift from God, we are able to have a personal relationship with Him and able to know the joy of a lasting marriage. 

We find in today's Gospel the answer to a lasting marriage. A message which God has provided since the beginning, that He is there for us--we need only trust in Him. This same unfailing love, this same openness and trust is what we are called to share with one another in marriage and it is what will provide for the joy and goodness we desire. This total trust in God, this total trust in each other frees us from the anxiety about things and the fear of tomorrow that comes from feeling we need other things to be okay. There are two ingredients which provide for a lasting marriage, faith and commitment. May we come to have the faith in God that Blessed Pope John XXIII embraced throughout his life. Today we celebrate his life and we recall that on this day fifty years ago the Second Vatican Council convened, and too, we begin a Year of Faith. Blessed Pope John, whose life we commemorate today, reminds us that we must always trust in His plan for us and we should look to each other and all things in the light of our Creator’s wonderful loving plan for us. He reminds us that we should “Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.” Keep the faith. Make a great day! 

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Blessed Pope John XXIII. Blessed Pope John XXIII pray for us.

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