Jesus tells us that whatever we do to the least of our brothers and sisters, we do to him (Matthew 25).
There are moments when our beloved is the one we like the least. It happens when we’re disappointed, feeling insufficiently loved, or receiving an angry reaction instead of cooperation.
Such times are opportunities for ministry. The Vocation of Marriage is a calling to help our beloved grow closer to Christ.
If we view serving our beloved as a ministry to Jesus, it becomes more enjoyable to do what is needed to improve the situation. We discover that we feel concern for him/her as much as or even more than we’re concerned about ourselves. And in so doing we serve Jesus by giving Jesus to our beloved.
In recognizing this principle of ministry within marriage, we become empowered by the Holy Spirit to respond to ugliness with compassion, anger with calm patience, and pain with healing.
“God is able to make every grace abundantly available to you, so that in all things, having all that you need, you may abound in every good work…. The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness” (2 Corinthians 9:8,10).
We don’t need to feel a lot of compassion. We don’t need a lot of patience. We don’t need to know how to heal a hurt. What we do need is a lot of Jesus. We must turn to Jesus and spend time learning to understand him and the way of living that he prescribed. We must spend time in prayer talking to Jesus, telling him our worries and questions and doubts. We must receive him in the Eucharist for renewal and strength.
The result is: We receive more grace for ministering to our beloved. God will, as promised, multiply the little that we have and give us an abundance for every good work of ministering to our beloved.
- What do I do that is a ministry to my sweetheart?
- What does my beloved do that is a ministry to me, even if he/she isn’t aware that it’s a ministry?
Strengthen your relationship:
Ask each other: “How can I minister to you today?” After listening to each other’s answers, pray together. Tell Jesus that you want to serve him by serving your sweetheart. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, renewal, creative ideas, or whatever you need in ministering to each other.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries
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