Weekend Reflections for 10/2/15
Marriage and Family
"Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate."(Mk 10:9)
"Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. ... Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them." (Mk 10:14,16)
God is love and the couple who are joined in love are joined in God. St. Ignatius in the Spiritual Exercises stresses that love and God show themselves in deeds and actions not just words. Married love is a commitment that is lived out in daily fidelity wanting the best for the beloved through shared hopes and dreams, work and struggles, sacrifices and celebrations. Marriage is a sacrament and in faith the spouses become Jesus Christ for each other and a sign for all of us of God's commitment to His people.
Sunday's Gospel tells us that parents were bringing their children to Jesus that he might touch them. I am reminded of the little ones brought to Pope Francis that he might kiss them during his recent visit. He was living out this scene again reminding us that children are often capable of spontaneous love in simple ways that adults have so often lost.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY
UPCOMING RETREATS WITH OPENINGS:
Men: 10/12, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5
Women: 11/16, 1/1