Yesterday on Friday, I had the blessing of playing the music at Mass with my group for the wedding of our drummer’s most handsome son Zeke and his most beautiful bride Claudia. The Mass was beautiful and the reception was filled with love, tears and celebration. God is so good and the message of the day was to keep God as the center of your life. I can personally attest to what can happen to a marriage when God is not the center of your lives and it’s a very difficult road to take.
The scripture readings today remind me of celebration when one believes in Jesus like Zeke and Claudia and the sadness of those who do not. In Acts 9:31-42, Peter plays a prominent role of healer but Peter knows that it is not him who heals but it is Jesus. Aeneas was paralyzed for 8 years. Peter says to him “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed.” He was healed, people saw it and believed.
Peter is also called as a disciple named Tabitha has died. When he arrives to all the sadness and weeping, he sends everyone out of the room, kneels down to pray and says, “Tabitha, rise up.” She opens her eyes, takes Peter’s hand and he presents her to her weeping family and friends. The word gets out all over the city and many come to believe.
But in the Gospel today from John 6:60-69, it seemed very sad to me. Jesus has just told his disciples and everyone following him that they would have to eat his flesh and drink his blood or they would have no life in them. The passage says, “As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him.” I think in our lives and in our marriages that there will be times that we are tempted to return to our former way of life because of a teaching that may be hard from Jesus. I am very guilty of this and continue to return to Jesus often, begging for his mercy.
So for Zeke and Claudia and all marriages, I hope and pray that Jesus will remain the center of your lives. May his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity enrich your lives together so that you will never return to your former way of life. I pray, as Peter did in the name of the only one who can save us, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.