We see each other from the eyes of God. It is not the mind alone that is working but the heart that is has taken open. True love and freedom come to those who live their lives in bondage with Jesus Christ, sure there will be challenges however face them with courage, wisdom and discernment God is given and blessed us with.
In today’s gospel the covenant of marriage serves as powerful display of love. Marriage is both reflection of God’s love for humanity and self-giving love between Jesus Christ and to us and the need for grace in a broken and wounded world in which the ideal is not always achievable and where marriages do not reflect the values of Christ. Falling in love is easy, however keeping a marriage strong year after year takes work, forgiveness and commitment. This is being the right person rather than finding the right person. To have a strong and successful marriage needs the right perspective on what is important in our lives and our faith and with the presence of GOD in the center of the relationship.
Jesus said, “No one has a greater love than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.”[Jn 15:13]. The most powerful demonstration of love we could experience through self-giving, sacrifice and commitment. God came down to earth through Jesus Christ and gave everything he had by giving His own life selflessly and dying on the cross for us, is the ultimate commitment. It teaches us that love is expressed in a way that reflects Jesus’ love then the joyful sacrificial love for one another for God’s glory and each other’s good. Sacrifice not for own good rather for others without expecting in return. Whether we are single, married and dedicated to consecrated life, we are invited and motivated by His grace to love God and to relate with each other. Our faith is rooted in our relationship with God and is expressed in relationship with other people.
IT IS IN THE LOVE. IT IS IN THE SACRIFICE. IT IS IN THE FORGIVENESS. IT IS IN THE TRUST. IT IS IN THE RESPECT. IT IS IN THE COMMITMENT.
I love God, and I love people. Through it all, I am reminded of one central truth – marriage is sacred and a reflection of Christ’s love for us. We are not only working on our own relationships however we are learning more about how God wants to connect to us. Amen!
Source: Neo Jeremiah Voice of the Young Prophet Newsletter ( October 06, 2018 issue).