Everything I have in this life – everything that has value – is truly a blessing from God. Today my wife and I will celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary. We will celebrate this day the same way we have celebrated since our wedding day. We will start the day in Church giving thanks to God for bringing the two of us together and we will spend the rest of this day celebrating it with our family. A day has not gone by in these 34 years that I haven’t looked at my wedding ring and reminded myself of the vows I took the day I was married. The vows I gave to my wife on that day in front of family, friends and most importantly – God. To be true to my wife in good times and in bad; in sickness and in health; for richer or for poorer – I will love her and honor her all the days of my life. To take from the line from our Gospel acclamation…I still do, I always have and I always will.
I don’t know that there could be more appropriate readings this morning to celebrate our anniversary either. These readings are full of inspiration and a call to holiness.
Reading I from Deuteronomy…
…This is why you must now know, and fix in your heart, that the LORD is God in the heavens above and on earth below,
and that there is no other. You must keep his statutes and commandments that I enjoin on you today, that you and your children after you may prosper, and that you may have long life on the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you forever…
Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 33
Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Our soul waits for the LORD, who is our help and our shield. May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us who have put our hope in you.
Reading II from Romans…
…The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
Gospel from Matthew
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
In the Church today, we celebrate the Mystery of the Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Three distinct beings that make up one distinct God. Just as this is a mystery to all believers but the basis of our faith, it is in my mind is the basis of what my marriage is to Sarah. We are two very distinct individuals who have become one and from the love we share with each other, we have our eight children. And from that comes 4 beautiful spouses (we hope #5 too – eh Ruth?) that have joined our family and from that 6 beautiful grandchildren. So what better way to try and understand the Holy Trinity than the celebrate our anniversary on this beautiful Sunday and thank God for the blessing of my wife Sarah, for Grace, Chris, Aiden, Logan, Audrey, Jerome Jr., Megan, Jerome III, Nicholas, Cecilia, Garrett, Skylar, Richard, Megan, Mary, Ruth, Paul (eh Paul?), Tony and Teresa.
Do something great for our Lord today – hug your spouse; remind yourself of the vows you made before her and the Lord. Live your life by His statutes and commands, be an heir to His kingdom and dip your hand in the Holy Water while going into Church and think about the sign of the Cross you’ll make when doing this…In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…AMEN.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.
But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and kindness. Compete well for the faith.