Today is not one of my favorite Gospels to speak about because it has to do with marriage. Since many of us are single, never married, divorced, widowed, or in a same-sex marriage, we may feel the Good News today is not for us. Human nature is imperfect, and so are human relationships. Marriage can become painful and traumatic, often because one partner neglects or even hurts the other when they no longer care for the other’s needs. Children can become uncared for and even unloved, which is especially tragic since they have so many needs. May our awareness that all stand in need of God’s love and care make us sensitive to the needs of all.
God can be found in relationships, in the kind and selfless love that we express with those with whom we are closest. It is found in relationships between wife and husband, between parent and child, between two close friends. When we sacrifice our own needs and desires for the needs and desires of another, we mirror Jesus’ mission to us. Like Jesus lowering himself to wash his disciples’ feet at the Last Supper, we marry the divine and human when we lower our own needs below the needs of those we love. If we love one another, God remains in us.
Love, Peace, Joy,
Today is Respect Life Sunday. The observance emphasizes concern for all human life, especially that of the unborn, the elderly, persons with disabilities, the terminally ill, and others whose lives are easily threatened. We pray for an end to abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment.