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Reflection by Michele Chronister
Today's Gospel: Luke 12:49-53
When my husband and I felt called to the vocation of marriage, we were met with opposition from my family. My husband was (and is) an amazing young man, and it wasn’t him that they were opposed to, so much as the fact that my timeline for marriage wasn’t what they had envisioned for me. (We got married shortly after graduating from college, as we were entering graduate school.)
Up until that moment, I had been a perfectly obedient daughter, but when faced with giving God my “yes” to my vocation, I realized that I couldn’t please both him and my family. I had to choose one. I choose to say yes to marriage, even though it led to friction with my family.
As difficult as that decision was, it has led to incredible grace and joy in my life. Getting married when we did meant that we were blessed with our oldest child, a child who may not have existed if we had waited longer to get married. It meant that we had the opportunity to “grow up” together, and learn how to grow in holiness together. I know that I am not the only one who has faced this kind of choice – whether to say “yes” to God or to pleasing our loved ones. Following God’s will sometimes does cause division in this world – but we can trust that the pain of that division will be worth it, if we seek the peace that comes from choosing to follow His will.
What graces do you need to choose God above all others?
Dear God, grant me the grace to choose You and Your will, even when my decision is not always understood by others. Amen.
Copyright 2020 Michele Chronister
Michele Chronister is a wife, and mother to three little girls and one little one in heaven. She received her BA and MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame (’09 and ’11). She is a freelance writer, author, and is the social media manager for the Office of Natural Family Planning in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She blogs over at My Domestic Monastery.
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