Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 4 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
Mark 10:2-16 or 10:2-12
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The readings for this Respect Life Sunday are truly appropriate, since they show us the reason God made marriage.
In the Book of Genesis, we find that, after creating this beautiful world and allowing Adam to name all the creatures, God decided that it was not good for a man to be alone. He needed a helpmate that would be his equal, so God created woman. Far from being an afterthought, woman became the crown jewel of all creation. And so, we learn that God established marriage as a union of a man and woman in one flesh.
In the second reading from the Book of Hebrews, we learn about the purpose of marriage. We find that, after God made a suitable partner for man, the two of them are meant to mirror in their lives what Jesus did while He was on earth. They are to bring many children to glory through lives of mutual and sacrificing love.
In the Gospel, Jesus is under attack (as usual) from the Pharisees who try to trap Jesus by asking Him if it were licit for a man to divorce his wife. When the religious leaders quote Moses as allowing divorce, Jesus tells them God allowed it then "because of the hardness of your hearts." He insists that it was not so from the beginning and quotes what we have just read in the first reading, "What God has joined together, no human being must separate."
Why then, we must ask, has the Catholic Church always allowed annulments of certain unions? Always true to the teaching of Scripture and of their founder, Jesus Christ, the Church examines many things in that marriage. Among them, are the following:
1) Were each suitable partners to the other, capable and willing to live their marriage in sacrificing love, building a true community of life?
2) Were both willing to bring children into the world for the glory of God? (For further explanation, consult your pastor or qualified Family Life coordinators.)
Our Gospel concludes today with another teaching from Jesus about the essential sacredness of children. Today is a good day for us to make reparation through our Mass and prayer for the lack of respect in our society for all life, and the daily crimes against the unborn.
~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore
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Sunday, October 4, 2009
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
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