“Having faithfulness and loyalty to be the hallmarks of our successful relationship with the Lord!”
(Based on Ezek 16:1-15, 60, 63 and Mt 19:3-12 – Friday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time, Year 2)
Henry Ford is the founder of the Ford Motor Company.
He manufactured the first automobile that was affordable even to the middle class – an object of expensive curiosity turned into a practical conveyance.
Ford had a happy married life with Clara Jane Bryant.
On their golden wedding anniversary, a reporter asked them:
“To what do you attribute your fifty years of successful married life?”
“The formula,” said Mr Ford, “is the same formula I have always used in making cars – just stick to one model!”
Being faithful and loyal is undoubtedly the hallmarks of a successful relationship.
But we live in a world, where divorce is becoming an increasingly common term and phenomenon.
The Gospel of the Day presents Jesus engaged in a conversation with the Pharisees and clarifying and shedding light on the concept of faithfulness and fidelity in relationships.
When we hear the word divorce, we primarily associate it…
…. with a man and woman, in marriage, seeking divorce.
But divorce is not merely limited to spousal relations.
In fact, divorce is on the increase everywhere….
There is divorce…
… between the parents and the children
… between siblings and family relations…
… among the members of a religious community and congregation..
… among the members of the Church…
… within the society itself.
There is also a great divorce within one’s spiritual life…
… One is separated and torn apart between serving God and serving the World!
In all these cases of divorce…
… the one basic factor that is lacking is that of Commitment and Faithfulness.
When there is a decrease in commitment and faithfulness, the gravity of divorce and separation, increases!
It could be…
… in the spousal relation
… in the family relation
… in the community relations
… in the societal relations
… or even in our personal spiritual relationship with God!
When we fail in faithfulness, we succeed in separation…
When we are complacent in commitment, we are in danger of divorce…!
Today, let us look into our personal spiritual relationship with God…and examine…
Are we separating ourselves from God?
Are we being divorced from God?
Apparently, we may feel that these questions are not for us…
But let’s go a little deeper into ourselves…
… Are we really serving God as our master? … as the Only Master?
… Or are there times, when we fail in our faithfulness, and become complacent in our commitment…?
We need to give the first place to God…
… in our personal lives , our family lives/ our religious and priestly consecration.
But are there occasions, when for some time at least, we keep God away…
… to satisfy our sinful pleasures?
… to answer our egoistic tendencies?
… to fulfil our worldly sinful desires?
… to gratify our evil personal agenda?
If the answer is yes…
… then we are not on God’s side!
The Lord demands a total commitment and dedication to Him.
God hates divorce!
In Baptism, we have entered into a covenant with Him.
Am I in danger of being divorced or separated from our Beloved Covenant Partner?
It is little acts of unfaithfulness & infidelity, that slowly shreds a relationship into pieces.
Lets tighten up our spiritual lives, and re-dedicate our commitment and faithfulness and consecration to the Lord.
He is a God who cares deeply for us
He is Loving parent who sees to all our needs
He is a lover who is intensely passionate about us
Shall we not remain in His loving affection by being more faithful and committed to Him and Him alone?
Let faithfulness and loyalty be the hallmarks of our successful relationship with the Lord.
‘Yeah’ to Jesus and His Kingdom…
… and ‘Nay’ to Satan and the World!
God Bless! Live Jesus!
📖 Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism
THE MINISTER OF CONFIRMATION
In the Latin Rite, the ordinary minister of Confirmation is the bishop.
Although the bishop may for grave reasons concede to priests the faculty of administering Confirmation, it is appropriate from the very meaning of the sacrament that he should confer it himself, mindful that the celebration of Confirmation has been temporally separated from Baptism for this reason.
Bishops are the successors of the apostles. They have received the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders.
The administration of this sacrament by them demonstrates clearly that its effect is to unite those who receive it more closely to the Church, to her apostolic origins, and to her mission of bearing witness to Christ.
If a Christian is in danger of death, any priest should give him Confirmation.
Indeed the Church desires that none of her children, even the youngest, should depart this world without having been perfected by the Holy Spirit with the gift of Christ’s fullness. (CCC #1313-1314)