Friday, February 7, 2014

St. Luke the Younger

Today I was reading about St. Luke the Younger.  St. Luke was good and giving beyond what his parents found acceptable, honestly in their defence, I don't think I would have approved either.   He would give away his food, his clothing (yes, he would return nude!) and even gave away all the seed for the family's field.  That hit home.  How many times have I punished my children for doing something I disapprove of, only to find out that there was a good deed hiding behind it.  Holy cow--I have been his mother!  Ug!  I hate to admit that.  After his father's death, he decided to leave and live a holy life, his mom once again stood in his way (story of st. luke the younger ).  Would I do that as well?  I try and foster the idea of holy life for my children:  we pray for vocations, we talk about how our local priests came to choose that vocation and we visit with the brothers and nuns at our local mission.  I think I would encourage them to be priests, nuns, or brothers in Christ, but when the time comes would I encourage it or would I selfishly look at the fact that there would be fewer grandchildren.  I'm not exactly sure, and for all truth on the matter, we will not know until that day comes.  What can I say?  Pray for me. 

On another, and unrelated topic, I found that today is the beginning of
National Marriage Week, consequently, it's also my hubby's birthday.  Happy Birthday my Love!!!!  How will you foster your marriage this week.  Frankly, I am the less romantic of our relationship.  I plan birthday surprises, valentines....the list goes on and on....the day of.  I still have absolutely no idea of what I will do for my hubby today.  I'm thinking a nice lunch so we can actually be somewhat alone.  Our 2 year old will  be with us, but the other 4 are at school, and if you are a parent of a handful or more, you realize that one child in the midst of your date is the equivalent of alone.  There are very few babysitters, or grandparents for that matter, that want to keep 5 children at a time.  Beyond our plans for today, National Marriage Week, better known around here as the week of his birthday through Valentine's day, is fairly unplanned.  The things I plan on are not tangible:  I will try to pray for my husband daily, I will let him lead our household, and I will love him unconditionally.  I know these are all things that I should already be doing, but I fail at these sometimes, and lately it has been more often than not.  I pray for him, but not daily.  He leads our household, but lately I have found myself pushing the limits on this.  I give my children permission to go to the slumber party or plan our Friday night without even asking if he has plans or would like to do those things.  I suppose the way I should say this is:  I want to live out Ephesians 5:22-33.  So I challenge you, and me, to read it, live it and keep it in your heart all week.  Maybe by holding on to this verse all week, we can manage to live it all month, or even all year.  Happy National Marriage week!

Marriage Like Christ and the Church

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.  But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.  So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.  For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.  Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

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