The inviolability of marriage
October 7, 2018 27th
Sunday in Ordinary Time 1st Reading: Gen 2:18–24 2nd Reading: Heb 2:9–11 Gospel: Mk 10:2–16
Some Pharisees came and put him to the test with this question, “Is it right for a husband to divorce his wife?” He replied, “What law did Moses give you?” They answered, “Moses allowed us to write a certificate of dismissal in order to divorce.” Then Jesus said to them, “Moses wrote this law for you, because you are stubborn. But in the beginning of creation God made them male and female, and because of this, man has to leave father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one body. So they are no longer two but one body. Therefore let no one separate what God has joined.” When they were indoors at home, the disciples again asked him about this and he told them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against his wife, and the woman who divorces her husband and marries another also commits adultery.” People were bringing their little children to him to have him touch them, and the disciples rebuked them for this. When Jesus noticed it, he was very angry and said, “Let the children come to me and don’t stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and laying his hands on them, blessed them.
(Daily Gospel in the
Assimilated Life Experience)
The advantage of marriages done in Church is the grace which the parties to the marriage obtain sacramentally. But there is no guarantee that marriage done in Church last forever, or at least longer than marriages civilly formalized. Whether done in the Church or in our courts of law, couples must nurture their marriage on a daily basis. Fr. Michael Ryan, philosophy dean at the Regina Apostolorum University in Rome spells out some tips useful to couples in his book “The Last Straw…” (Circle Press). He wrote:
“We must avoid in every way possible hurting others with words or actions. Second, we must foster the atmosphere in which one can express to the other what is hurting. And, finally, we must accept the fact that we can hurt others even when we don’t intend to do so”.
Why is nurturing marriage on a daily basis important in the first place? At the practical level, couples create their own hell by neglecting their relationship since marriage is meant to last forever. Terminating the union is no better option; in many cases it brings about greater damage. At the spiritual level, marriage is a sacred mission. Neglect it and it turns into a tool of perdition –(Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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