Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 23, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8-9, 11-12
A reflection on today's Scripture:
"Comes with a lifetime warranty!" Among other things advertising a product that is supposed to be a clincher. All set. No worries.
However, human relationships come with a lifetime of decisions. The fundamental decisions are called commitments and these often take the form of vows and promises, such as those of Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharistic mandate, Marriage vows and Ordination.
The Catholic Church points to the dynamic, ever-present, love of the Trinity, a community of persons we say, in one God, as the source of covenants, vows and promises having to do with fundamental identity and vocations. Much has been written and taught on this and does not need to be repeated here.
As Jesus speaks to crowds and the Pharisees, He tells them in response to a question about divorce: "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." This passage from the Book of Genesis is Revelation. Man as man, and woman as woman, are fundamental. Their union in marriage is Revelation. It is fundamental. What does this mean? This is what God has created. The Church is created by God. It is fundamental. Marriage and the Church reflect each other. The nature of marriage which relies on the joining (or clinging) is God-given.
This Gospel asks for meditation on the plan of God and renewed reverence for that plan. Think of this, which comes from the first option for the Nuptial Blessing at a wedding mass:
Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church. Father, by your plan man and woman are united and married life has been established as the one blessing that was not forfeited by original sin or washed away by the flood.
Indeed, God has acted to create us, male and female, and sustain this particular blessing, marriage, because in this relationship the creative nature of God is expressed through our humanity. Revelation teaches God's plan for the distinction of male and female, the proper understanding of sexuality that follows on that and the holy nature of marriage and family.
Meditating on the creative love of God, we are led to appreciate that there are many other forms of vows and promises which can exhibit God's love and fidelity, can give an incarnation to grace received, and assist human life in the social sphere, such as the promotion of the common good, and in spiritual growth.
- Fr. Stephen Gratto |
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