BY JORDAN OTERO
Households were encouraged Friday to build community within their groups while sharing their “joy in Christ” with others.
The Rev. Gregory Plow, TOR, said during the household life Mass homily that faith households at Franciscan University of Steubenville offer a unique “communal dimension” where joy can be replenished.
“We must take care of and encourage one another,” he said.
Plow used the Gospel reading, which spoke about 10 virgins keeping watch and trimming their oil lamps while waiting for the bridegroom, to illustrate the community that exists within household life.
“Part of the Gospel call is not only to preserve our oil but to share it with others,” he said.
Although they were formed in the 1960s during a time when there was extensive “liturgical experimentation,” the faith households at Franciscan University remain rooted in Catholic tradition.
Plow said that specifically the Lord’s Day ceremony, which many households celebrate, is “founded in scripture,” and because of this it “explains the nature of the framework” of what the commitment should be.
Joy should not be expressed in outward ways that “detract from the holiness and sanctifying” parts of household commitments, he said.
“As you share the joy of your covenant, you are sharing the oil with other people,” Plow said. “This is what God wants.”
The Mass, offered in Finnegan Fieldhouse, kicked off the University’s opening weekend, which is to include the annual Household Olympics, the semester’s first Festival of Praise and the 10th annual Robert D’Anniballe Rugby Ruckus, in which Franciscan will face off against Slippery Rock University.