Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Bulletin Insert for June 2, 2019.
Description: On the 7th Sunday of Easter, John 17:20-26 contains the prayer for the Church that Jesus offered up to heaven shortly before he offered his life in the crucifixion. In it, he makes a sacrament out of relationships. As Jesus and the Father are one, we too are to be one with each other, so that by our witness of unity – permanent, committed, self-sacrificing, unconditional love – we show the world what God’s love is like. We prove to the world that God’s love is real: It’s permanent, committed, unconditional, and self-sacrificing no matter how much one sins.
A sacramental marriage is a visual lesson for the world, a teaching about radical love: how God loves us unconditionally, for better and for worse, in sickness and in health, whether we are rich or poor, with complete faithfulness. Marriage is meant to be a life of radical love, a love that cannot be experienced outside the bonds of permanent vows. In a sacramental marriage, the husband lays down his life to serve his wife, and the wife lays down her life to serve her husband, just as Christ laid down his life to serve us and we who are the Church, the Bride of Christ, lay down our lives to follow him and serve him. Marriage is that sacred!
NOTE: The Ascension of the Lord falls on Thursday of the 6th Week of Easter, but in some dioceses it’s moved to the 7th Sunday of Easter. Click here for a classroom handout or a bulletin insert.
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the 7th Sunday of Easter, ecumenism, marriage preparation, marriage enrichment, pre-cana, adult education, faith sharing groups, RCIA class, etc.