Daily Archives: 6 December, 2023

With eager readiness: Reflection for marriages: Matthew 15:29-37

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From the Gospel according to Matthew
Mt 15:29-37

At that time:
Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee,
went up on the mountain, and sat down there.
Great crowds came to him,
having with them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute,
and many others.
They placed them at his feet, and he cured them.
The crowds were amazed when they saw the mute speaking,
the deformed made whole,
the lame walking,
and the blind able to see,
and they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus summoned his disciples and said,
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
for they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat.
I do not want to send them away hungry,
for fear they may collapse on the way.”
The disciples said to him,
“Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place
to satisfy such a crowd?”
Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish.”
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then he took the seven loaves and the fish,
gave thanks, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied.
They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets full.

The Gospel of the Lord

With eager readiness.

The Lord consistently shows mercy to those in need! We are well aware of this because. He guides us with enthusiasm to serve numerous spouses who need to comprehend the grandeur and beauty of their calling. Many are oblivious to the incredible gift from God and the profound influence of the Sacrament, their ultimate strength.
Primarily, He provides us with the nourishment that satisfies, reaching into eternity.

Applied to married life:

Mary: Is our upcoming weekend unoccupied?
Harry: No, we have a retreat.
Mary: After assisting several guided marriages this week and leading catechesis groups last weekend, it appears we haven’t earned a break.
Harry: Well, Mary, deserving or not is beside the point. We’ve simply fulfilled our duty. We’ve been of service to Our Mother so that She can work in numerous marriages. The Lord is compassionate towards them and requires our assistance. It’s an honor that He trusts our modest abilities. Wouldn’t you agree?
Mary: Indeed, it is. Apologies, it was a moment of weakness. I can’t think of a better way to spend the next weekend. Thank you, Lord, for continuing to rely on these humble instruments of Yours.


Here we stand, ready to serve whatever purpose You have in mind. Praise be to Our Lord.