I think if we are honest with ourselves, every now and then we need to be reminded by St. Paul’s words that we are not made by God to be alone or self-sufficient. In fact, quite the opposite.
At times we can live in an illusion that we have everything under control and don’t need our family, friends, neighbors … or even God. We might even think it’s them who need us. The challenges of life have a way of refreshing the view.
What we crave in our relationships and interior life - love, happiness, peace and meaning - is only found in the humble realization that we need to live in God’s grace and the unity of Christ’s Body every day, both in the giving and the receiving.
Do you want to feel and appear like you’ve got it all together? Most of us do. And members of your family probably do too. Take a moment to think about your family. Is there someone you can lend a hand or word to? Is there someone who unexpectedly supported you in some way that truly made a difference? This is what family is all about.
On this day, as we’ve been united in prayer, let us take a moment to thank God for this life-giving membership in Christ’s Body. We’re all in this together.
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!