TWENTY-SEVENTHSUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Gospel: Mk 10: 2-1
The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” They were testing him. He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?” They replied, “Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.” But Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.
YOURS TILL DEATH: In the first reading, God made Adam and Eve as a couple. Man was given authority over all God’s creation. However, he was still under God’s authority. He was commanded to leave his people and cling to his wife. The same way in the second reading Jesus is calling us (Christians) His brothers thus we shall forever belong to Him. In the Gospel, Jesus warns against divorce and condemns it. We can clearly see that God is supreme and greater than the Church. Just as a man cannot divorce his wife the same way the church belongs to Him forever. Whatever God decides, the church cannot overturn. The Church is under God’s guidance. Therefore, it has no power to grant a divorce. Therefore, a married couple shall live together in love just as Christ loved the church.
PRAYER: Lord, bless all married couples and make their home your dwelling place.