Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 28, 2019

We have been looking at some of the signs and symbols that accompany weddings because of the old adage “actions speak louder than words.” Weddings are important moments in our lives because weddings form new relationships that change the structure of our families and communities. Christ has made weddings even more important by raising them up to be sacraments, living and effective signs of His love and salvation.

When we put all of this together, it makes good sense why the actions, the signs and symbols, we take at a wedding are so important. This is true for more than just weddings. We do many things both in our lives in general and in our lives of faith, and our actions have meaning. It is worth considering what our actions say.

Take, for example, genuflecting when entering and leaving church. We know that, assuming our knees and such are in good working order, our right knee is supposed to hit the ground. We genuflect because Jesus, our Lord and Savior, the Incarnate Word of God, is really and truly present in the Eucharist. However, what is it we actually do? Do we really genuflect? What is our action and what does it say?

There is much in our lives that we should take the time to pause and consider what it is we actually do and what it means. We looked at weddings a little more in depth because this is the wedding season. In all of our lives, though, our actions have profound meaning. It is worth thinking about what we do, or don’t do, and how we go about it, to see if it really reflects what we believe.

~Father Aaron Ferris

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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