Love the Right Way
What example does marriage give us within living a good Catholic life in the church? We see the man example of Christ depicted as the bridegroom, and the Church within the bride. As we become baptized, we become a part of the communion in faith. We come into relationship with God, through Jesus in the Eucharist, and thrive in our lives through the Holy Spirit. As a person becomes a priest, they become married to the Church, a similar ceremony to that of a newly married couple as they come to the altar. We use this metaphor to describe Christ and the Church, as it is one of full commitment, giving one's life, actions, love to the other. In this case, through baptism, we start to give everything to our faith, to living a life of dicispleship. You make sacrifices for others out of love, guided by faith. Are you a dedicated disciple?
Today's Reading states:'Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church; however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband' (Ephesians 5:21-33).
Today's reading talks about a typical marriage at the time of Jesus, compared with being a follower in faith. If you're married, or in a relationship, or even have friends who you're close with, you know what it means to depend on someone, and to make sacrifices for one another. It's never going to be easy, but it is rewarding. How do you dedicate yourself to doing God's will through the week? Are you upholding your promise of baptism to bring others into God's love and life through faith? Take some time to ask God to help you build your commitment in living life of faith.
Today we pray:
Thank you for lighting a spark in me through baptism. Help me to focus on being a more dedicated disciple and to make sacrifices for my faith. Help me to grow in my relationship with You, starting by building relationships with those around me.
I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.