Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Reflections for November 4, Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark Mk 12:28b-34

Gospel:
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, "Which is the first of all the commandments?" Jesus replied, "The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, 'He is One and there is no other than he.' And 'to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself' is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
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My Reflections:
What is the key to a successful marriage? It's none other than the love for God of both spouses. What if there is an absence of the love for God in their relationship? It is a guarantee that they will have a failure of their marriage.

The love of God is in the heart of every successful marriage, it is the very foundation that keeps the marriage unbroken between a man and a woman. However, there will be times wherein the marriage will be tested but at the end of the day the relationship will still survive the test no matter how severe for the reason that  the love for God is an ever present light in the hearts of both spouses.

When Saint Joseph discovered that the Blessed Mother was pregnant by virtue of the Holy Spirit, Joseph was already planning to discretely divorce the Blessed Mother but the Lord intervened through an angel. In his dream the angel told Joseph, “Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife for she has conceived by virtue of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-20). Joseph’s love for God prevailed because he obeyed the will of God for him He did not follow his selfish will for himself.  

This is what will happen also when there is love for God in the hearts of married couples. They will listen to the voice of God to respect the sacredness of their marriage no matter what trials they may encounter. When couples truly love God there is no room for infidelity, jealousy and indifference.

They only make room for more love because the love of God that they have in their hearts is now translated to an everlasting love for their spouse which will forever stand the test of space and time.  . . .

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