Sunday, January 21, 2007

"Jesus saith to them: Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim." John 2:7

Let us look at these words in a spiritual way as a good meditation for married people who should take: "the water of wholesome wisdom to drink". Ecclus 15:3 and stick to beneficial principles which in practice will bring happiness and blessing on the marriage and family life. What are those principles then? Most importantly is to be faithful to God always and in every circumstance through prayer, regular participation in the Holy Mass and the Sacraments and keeping the Lord's Day holy, for: "Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Unless the Lord keep the city, he watcheth in vain that keepeth it." Ps 126:1. We are certainly no angels, then bear with one another for we all have some vices, faults and imperfections. Living together under the same roof can be often not easy. We need to be fair and tolerant and loving toward each other, trying to bear patiently even the smallest failings of the spouse if we want to be treated the same way in return. Family happiness should be the principal goal of the marriage. First, the spouses should adjust to their state of life and abstain from unnecessary money spending, for it is better to be economical than extravagant in that matter. This is our hearth and home! Child bearing is also a sign of God's blessing then be careful to avoid sinfulness of birth control. Remember that giving birth to the child is giving God a new worshipper. What a horrendous meaning is then in the words like marriage abuse, abortion or low birth rate, apostasy or atheism. Woe to those guilty on their judgment day! Be faithful to each other always, like Jesus is faithful to His bride, the Church: "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it" Eph 5:25. The oath taken before the altar on the wedding day must be always kept even to the last moment of life and in every circumstances, for what: "God hath joined together, let no man put asunder". Matt 19:6. Do your best to keep the marriage holy - be very careful never to join any society, nor read or watch anything that sling mud at Christian Sacrament of marriage. Never!