October 15, 2020 – Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
I can do all things through Christ who is my strength. (Philippians 4:13)
The passage we hear in today’s second reading, from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, holds a special place in my heart.
Early on the morning of my ordination in 2012, my wife Carol suggested we go to St. Pius (our parish) to pray together before heading downtown for the ordination. After joining hands and praying together, she said she had something for me. From her purse, she took a small box containing a ring. She explained that it was a “new” wedding ring.
Of course, I had a wedding ring that had served me well for the first 29 years of our marriage, so I was unsure why she felt like I needed a new one.
The ring she gave me was silver in color. It had Jesus’ crown of thorns engraved on it, along with the words of Philippians 4:13.
Carol said, “We are starting a new chapter in our marriage. Christ has always been a part of our marriage, but from now on He will be a part of it in a very powerful way. This ring will remind you of your commitment to both Him and me.”
It was one of the most loving, selfless acts I have ever experienced. I draw strength from the words on the ring as well as from the memory of this selfless act.