Pastor Corner April 2nd
In his apostolic exhortation AMORIS LÆTITIA, Pope Francis talks of the Love within family and the privileged position of sacramental married love. He wrote, A married couple who experience the power of love know that this love is called to bind the wounds of the outcast, to foster a culture of encounter and to fight for justice. God has given the family the job of “domesticating” the world and helping each person to see fellow human beings as brothers and sisters.
For their part, open and caring families find a place for the poor and build friendships with those less fortunate than themselves. In their efforts to live according to the Gospel, they are mindful of Jesus’ words: “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me (Mt 25:40)”.
The love of married and family life is an ever growing circle of loving concern. It is a ministry to the world. At it’s heart is found the love of God and then that Love flows outward to love of neighbor and the world. But it is a challenge for families to see their vocation as something encompassing the love of neighbor as a ministry. Generally folks, even deeply faithful families do not see themselves as ministers of the Church.
When I meet a young couple preparing for marriage they mistakenly think I’M the minister. I understand why. I’m wearing the special clothes and seem to know what I’m doing, and I usually do most of the talking…but most especially in the sacrament of marriage I am not the minister. This is from the Catholic Catechism:
According to [our] tradition, the spouses as ministers of Christ’s grace mutually confer upon each other the sacrament of Matrimony by expressing their consent before the Church.
Spouses are the Ministers. I simply hold the microphone for them, and their ministry continues beyond the altar. It is a ministry of outward flowing love.
Now, what if you are like me and you are not in a sacramentally married relationship? What if you are single or in a relationship other than sacramental marriage? Our ministry is expressed differently according to the context of our lives but it is essentially the same, because at the heart of every vocation is the call to love. We receive the love of God and give it away to each other. The more we give the more we receive.
Let us all love well this day!