From the Gospel according to Mark
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick
–no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic.
He said to them,
“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there.
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
leave there and shake the dust off your feet
in testimony against them.”
So they went off and preached repentance.
The Twelve drove out many demons,
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
The word of the Lord
Everything is in order.
In the recent scripture, God reprimanded King David for assessing his military might, emphasizing the importance of trusting that God is the ultimate victor. This lesson applies to my life, particularly in my marriage and evangelistic endeavors. I act in His name, recognizing that He is the true force behind my actions.
So, who is the architect of my marriage? It is Him. Relying solely on my abilities will lead to hardship for both me and my family. Building a united marriage, forging one heart and soul, is an audacious endeavor. It’s beyond human capability. Hence, a couple without the Sacrament cannot achieve it. We firmly believe in the Sacrament of Marriage as the sole genuine means of unity.
Reflection for Marriage life:
Lorena: Marino, shall we embark on our mission?
Marino: Indeed. Have you gathered everything, Lorena?
Lorena: Yes, I have notes, a guitar, a rosary, and a prayer book for the Holy Sacrament. What about you?
Marino: I’ve got an app linked to my glasses identifying attending couples, a webcam gauging their attentiveness, an earpiece adapter correcting my lines, and a laser device to playfully shut your mouth if you exceed the time. We’re also accompanied by our virtual assistants: Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and OkGoogle. I believe I have everything in check.
Lorena: Haha. Aren’t you forgetting the Holy Spirit?
Marino: Ah, a brilliant suggestion. Where can I download that?
Lorena: You’re one of a kind, Marino. Check ES.es for that… Haha. Stop the banter and get in the car; we’re running late.
(They enter the car, and just before starting the engine)
Marino: Where are the keys?
Lorena: I didn’t take them.
Marino: Neither did I. Just a moment…
(Marino starts dialing on his mobile)
Lorena: Who are you calling?
Marino: Saint Peter; he has the keys, doesn’t he?
We trust in the Sacrament of Marriage and in our mission for marriage and family. With your guidance, we feel fully equipped. Praise God for providing abundantly more than we require.