Friday, March 26, 2010

"Live" Your Marriage

Gospel Reading today John 10:31-42
"If I do not perform my Father's works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father." John 10:37-38

How many times have we heard the saying, "Actions speak louder than words"? The gospel is telling us today that you have to play the game, not just stand on the sidelines and coach it. I am reminded this morning that one of the greatest purposes of marriage is to help each other get to Heaven. Bringing our husbands closer to Christ each and every day is so important in our vocation of marriage and vice versa. If we are so consumed in raising our children and taking care of our home or having a career and trying to balance it all, our husbands will begin to take back seat. This is a spiral down effect. We have to remember the marriage came before children. So as we meditate daily on the gospel readings and focus on motherhood through this blog, it is essential to remember that our husbands and marriages come first. As hard as it is at times, we have to remember this great lesson. IF our actions and energy are so focused on raising disciples for Christ that our husbands get lost in between, this is not living the gospel fully. To completely have "the Father in us", means to be able to love everyone in our care with total and selfless love. As we become so tired of giving of ourselves all through the day to the little ones, that doesn't mean we can withhold ourselves from our husband at the end of the day. It only means to give of ourselves even more to the one who we had in our care way before the little turkeys showed up.

Tuesday night, Clint and I went on a date. We went to a local seafood joint, bellied up to the bar, and had more fun eating 2 dozen oysters, 4 lbs of crawfish and a few cold schooners of beer! We have to remember of where it all began... On our way home we were singing old songs that reminded us of when we fell in love. After almost ten years of marriage, we like to return back in our hearts of when we first met. This is so important to do. It helps you to fall in love all over again. Just like when reading and meditating on the Passion of Christ before Easter, so it is important for us to reminisce on falling in love.

So in order to bring our husbands closer to Christ, we have to "live" our marriages...not just talk about it or look in the distance. So get a baby sitter and go out on the town with your hubby. Laugh, love and have good talks. In this way, you will be the face of Christ for your husband. Give your all and everything to him.....don't hold anything back and something "magical" will happen. Abundant graces will flow from Heaven and will bless your marriage. You and your husband will be reconnected and all will be well. :)

Blessings to you this Friday!

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