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When you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.
Reading of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke 21:29-33
Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Stages of love.
When we begin to see the fruits of love growing between us, then we are drawing near to the kingdom of God. The Lord opens the doors of heaven for our souls to progress in an intimate relationship with Him. He always waits for us, and we wait for Him together.
Applied to married life:
Antonio: I’m reading “The Interior Castle,” and I realize that practically everything St. Teresa applies to the path of union with God must be in accordance with the path of union between us.
Mónica: Ah! That’s interesting that there are dwelling places in our journey towards Conjugal Love.
Antonio: Yes, in our relationship, there is also a purgative, illuminative, and unitive stage. And, moreover, they go hand in hand with the stages of the spiritual journey. We cannot move on from the purgative stage if we have not also overcome that stage between us.
Mónica: It makes perfect sense. That’s why some people try to progress towards the Lord and cannot because they are not faithful to their marital vocation.
Help us so that there may be fruits of unity between us. Thank you, blessed Mother, for not abandoning us on this path of marriage as God intended.