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This Week's Bulletin Letter 

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Conform to God's Loving Design

St. Paul writes to the children of God about our common vocation, i.e. “…to be conformed to the image of his Son…” (Rom 8:29). The call to conform has its negative connotations, but when the call comes from our benevolent God, who created us to live in harmony with the Blessed Trinity so that we can enjoy the fullness of life and love, we are motivated to comply. Our first and formal response to this vocation is celebrated in the Rite of Baptism, the sacrament common to all God’s children, which is the beginning of our life in Christ. We are baptized into his life, death and resurrection. This immersion initiates a lifelong response to our Lord’s invitation to holiness, which involves the transformation of every aspect of our lives, from life, through death, and into eternal life.

The Doctrinal Principles outlined in Humanae Vitae (HV) takes the whole person into consideration. “It is the whole man and the whole mission to which he is called that must be considered: both its natural, earthly aspects and its supernatural, eternal aspects” (HV II, 7). Conscientious of our goal to be one with Christ and share in his victory over death, we continue our journey of conversion by means of the sacramental life of the Church. The sacrament of reconciliation gives us permission to continue our journey while assuring us of our Lord’s forgiveness as we hear the words of absolution: I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. It also opens us to the grace we seek as we join in Solomon’s prayer: “Give your servant…an understanding heart…to distinguish right from wrong” (1 Kgs. 3:8). The sacrament of Eucharist, received in the state of grace, is a sign of our communion with God and gives us food for our journey to continue to conform to his will.

The first doctrinal principle in HV refers to God’s Loving Design and calls our attention to the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, one of two vocation sacraments, the other being Holy Orders. The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a call from God, not a right for everyone, which bears the unique privilege and responsibility of living in accordance with God’s Loving Design as can be found in the book of Genesis 1:27-28 “God created man in his image, in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying: ‘Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.” Our inherent dignity as children of God manifests itself as we conform to his image. “Married love particularly reveals its true nature and nobility when we realize that it takes its origin from God, who ‘is love,’ (Jn. 4:8) the Father ‘from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.’ (Eph 3:15)” (HV 8).  

In the response to today’s Psalm 119: “Lord, I love your commands,” we profess truth to what St. Paul tells us in our second reading, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). We must work at following God’s design on us, and as we do we discover the blessings of our vocation to be one with Him, and how the sacramental life of the Church helps us to observe the purpose set before us. “The marriage of those who have been baptized is, in addition, invested with the dignity of a sacramental sign of grace, for it represents the union of Christ and His Church” (HV 8). To represent Christ and His Church is both a dignified role and a responsibility with a profound purpose. Our witness is developed by our understanding of the truth of God’s design on us from the beginning, and animated by our goal to enter the kingdom of heaven. This mature faith allows us to teach as we read in today’s gospel: “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old” (Mt. 13:52). Next week we will consider the second doctrinal principle in HV, Married Love.

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  • "Jesus loved Martha, and her sister Mary, and Lazarus" (John 11:5).Saint Martha is mentioned in three Gospel passages: Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-53, and John 12:1-9, and the type of friendship between her and her siblings, Mary and Lazarus, with the Lord Jesus is evident in these passages.In the gospel of Luke, Martha receives Jesus into her home and worries herself with serving Him, a worry that her sister Mary, who sat beside the Lord's feet "listening to Him speak," doesn't share. Her complaint that her sister is not helping her serve draws a reply from the Lord who says to her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."The overanxiousness she displays in serving is put into the right context by Jesus who emphasizes the importance of contemplating Him before all things.Yet she is seen next in John, outside the tomb of her brother Lazarus who had died four days earlier, as the one who receives the Revelation from the Lord that "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die."When asked by the Lord if she believed this she said to Him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world," displaying her great faith which is confirmed by Jesus' subsequent raising of her brother Lazarus from the grave.In the third and last instance, we see Martha, again in John, at a house in Bethany where Jesus was reclining at table with her brother Lazarus after he had raised him from the dead. During dinner, John's Gospel tells us, "Martha served." She is revealed here performing the same task as when we first saw her, but now her service is infused with her faith, and the brevity of the description suggests the silence and peace in which she serves as opposed to the nervous anxiety she displayed earlier.  Martha, whom we have seen serving, in Luke, and then believing, earlier in John, is now seen expressing her belief in the action of serving the Lord. "Martha served," and in doing so teaches us the way of Christian life.Saint Martha is the patron of housewives, servants, waiters and cooks.

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