Thursday, August 13, 2015

God Joins us Together

Friday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 19:3-12. 

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?"

He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female'  and said, '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." 
They said to him, "Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss (her)?"
He said to them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 
I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery."
(His) disciples said to him, "If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry." 

He answered, "Not all can accept (this) word, but only those to whom that is granted.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."


Why marry when you are not sure to live with your spouse for the rest of your life? It is clear from this gospel that it is not good to separate. What God has joined together, no human being must separate. It is very spreading nowadays the separation between husband and wife. Our laws on earth allow divorce and legal separation. These laws encourage people to separate as they have an option to their problems. Although, there are situations where a husband or a wife have no option but to separate, but before coming up to that option the husband and the wife must see to it that they exerted effort to preserve the sanctity of marriage. In the first place, they bind themselves to the sanctity of marriage without the intervention of others. They decided by themselves to marry because they want to live together for the rest of their lives leaving behind their respective families. So, when you marry be sure to discern it a million times so that by the time you are living together as husband wife you will feel no regrets. Deciding to live together is loving each other as husband and wife, and love is matter of decision. Remember during marriage you will learn both the negative and the positive side of your spouse. Are you willing to accept the negative side of your spouse just like you freely accept his/her positive side? You have to decide. Remember, whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery.

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