& WORLD MARRIAGE DAY
WITH ST. MARY'S
THE 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Today is World Marriage Day! The joy of love motivates us to come together, to share common goals, and to build up the Kingdom of God. Through marriage, the sacrificial love between two spouses that is the foundation of the domestic Church models the sacrificial love God has for all of us....
Parishioners Michael (parish council member) and Krista Dalton (finance council member) on their wedding day at St. Mary's!
READ THIS SUNDAY'S MESSAGE
Our calling as a people of God is constantly being refined. When God passed on the Law to the Israelites in the Old Testament, it laid out how we should behave towards God. Through Christ, the Law did not pass away because we were still required to behave towards God in the same way. However, it was refined in the context of Jesus’ humanity. In today’s Gospel, there is an underlying message of how we must treat each other. History seems to indicate that the virtuous and the good have been treated poorly, while the “false prophets” are treated well. Throughout his life, Jesus taught us how to show our love for God through other human beings, in charity, kindness, and empathy. Even in the face of abuse, we must show love to our fellow neighbors; after all, this is what God does to us.
Family activity to do at home: Part of our effort in forming our children into proper human beings is preparing them to take up their crosses in life and appreciate the value of suffering. This is a difficult conversation, but knowing how to respond to suffering now enables us to be ready when these moments arise in our lives. Parents, consider speaking to your children now about the hope that we as Christians hold in the face of suffering. Understanding how the Church handles these moments and trusts in the will of God will empower the Church of the future to continue trusting God.