Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likenessâ€
At the Third Holy Synod of the Polish National Catholic Church, held in Chicago in December 1914 the Synod delegates resolved that the Second Sunday of October be dedicated as the Solemnity of the Christian Family. This Solemnity was meant as an opportunity for the Church to pray for the consolidation and strengthening of families. On this day we pray for all families; that they be strengthened and blessed.
It is great to have an idea, but as is said, we have to get the rubber to hit the road. So, how do we get there; how do we get families strengthened, blessed, and consolidated.
If you looked at our parish sign on the way in, youâ€™d have noticed it now says â€œRise Up With Jesus & Lift Others Here.â€
This is how we get the rubber to hit the road.
We start by not ignoring our motivation. Godâ€™s entire creative effort was spurred by a desire to expand and build relationship. Since God had and has this desire for relationship within Himself, and since He made us in His relational image (Let us…), so we too desire relationship. We are motivated by relationship.
Relationship, of course, cannot be realized in motivation alone. Thatâ€™s just frustrating and unproductive. So we take steps. We build friendships; we enter into relationships at many levels. Some are very close, some are more casual, but none are unimportant.
So we are motivated and so we try. But, being human as we are, we occasionally loose sight of what we must do to take relationship to the next level.
To get to the next level we must stay on message, we must build deeper and more meaningful relationships.
Of course the best proving ground for living our motivation, staying true to Godâ€™s relational life, is in our families. That is where we most intently and proactively rise with Jesus and lift each other up. In the microcosm of family relationship we motivate, comfort, provide love that is beyond reason, discipline, and sacrifice.
Now, from that microcosm, we are to expand the best of what we learn and do, rising with Jesus, raising up others, right here: consolidating, strengthening, blessing.