Monday, May 2, 2011
Unless the Lord Build the House...
St. Joseph the Worker, spouse of the BVM - I Class
Transferred from Yesterday (Low Sunday)
Epistle: Col. 3:14-15, 17, 23-24 [All we do should be done for God and He will reward us.]
Gospel: Mt. 13: 54-58 [Jesus is rejected at Nazareth.]
Full Latin-English propers here.
We can put a whole lot of effort into our work, but unless God is guiding us, it is all for nothing. We can build up a home, a career, an entire life. If we do not do what God wants us to do in the way God wants us to do it, then God is not with us in that work, whether it is as insignificant as making lunch or as major as establishing your home life. If God does not support the work, then it cannot survive death. It will meet it's demise; it will come to an end. God alone can make anything forever as God alone is forever. Any work lasts forever and bears fruit forever only insofar as it is joined to God as God alone is forever. Ergo, "nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum in vanum laboraverunt qui aedificant eam." Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. (From today's Introit.)
Am I going to use this as a chance to take a shot at concubinage (cohabitation)? You bet. Concubinage is the epitome of working apart from God. It is the epitome of building the house without the Lord. It degrades the human body to something to be used for sexual pleasure when it is the masterpiece of the Divine Artist. It is an arrogant attempt on the part of humans to establish on their own what God alone can establish through the Sacrament of Marriage by giving them the grace of true love (an actual grace), which is the vocation to Holy Matrimony (which, as a sacrament, strengthens it into a sanctifying grace). God needs to be the beginning and end of all our work or else the work in the end is for nothing. God alone is forever. God alone can make our work last forever and bear fruit forever. We say daily in the Divine Office at Prime and repeat in today's Offertory, "Bonitas Domini Dei nostri sit super nos, et opus manuum nostrarum secunda nobis, et opus manuum nostrarum secunda. Alleluia." (Let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us: and direct Thou the works of our hands over us; yea, the work of our hands do Thou direct. Alleluia.)