|Catholic Mass Reading & Reflection of the day (10/4/2015)
taken from http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings
2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, "Is
it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" 3 He answered them, "What
Moses command you?" 4 They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a
of divorce, and to put her away." 5 But Jesus said to them, "For
of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of
`God made them male and female.' 7 `For this reason a man shall
father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall
one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What
has joined together, let not man put asunder." 10 And in the house
disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them,
divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits
13 And they were bringing children to him, that he might touch
and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it he was
and said to them, "Let the children come to me, do not hinder
to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you,
not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."
he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon
What is God's intention for our state in life,
married or single? Jesus deals with the issue of divorce by taking
hearers back to the beginning of creation and to God's plan for the
race. In Genesis 2:23-24 we see God's intention and ideal that two
who marry should become so indissolubly one that they are one flesh.
ideal is found in the unbreakable union of Adam and Eve. They were
for each other and for no one else. They are the pattern and symbol
all who were to come. Jesus explains that Moses permitted divorce as
concession in view of a lost ideal.
Jesus sets the high ideal of
the married state before those who are willing to accept his
Jesus, likewise sets the high ideal for those who freely renounce
for the sake of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:11-12). Both
and celibacy are calls from God to live a consecrated life, that is
live as married couples or as singles who belong not to themselves
to God. Our lives are not our own, but they belong to God. He gives
grace and power to those who seek to follow his way of holiness in
state of life. Do you seek the Lord and his grace in your state of
Do you seek to help others draw near to the Lord? The parents who
their children to Jesus wanted Jesus to lay his hands upon them.
of the healing power, both physical and spiritual, which came from
touch. Jesus, in turn, rebuked his disciples for hindering
from coming. No doubt the disciples wanted to shield Jesus from
of noisy children. But Jesus delighted in the children and
that God's love has ample room for everyone.
No one is unimportant to God.
He comes to each person individually that he might touch them with
healing love and power. May we never hinder our youth from coming
Lord to receive his blessing and healing power. And as we grow
may we never lose that child-like simplicity and humility which
into Christ's loving presence. Do you show kindness to the youth
in your neighborhood, home, and church and do you pray for them
may grow in the knowledge and wisdom of Jesus Christ?
"Lord Jesus Christ, your call to holiness extends to all in every
of life. Sanctify our lives - as married couples and as singles -
we may live as men and women who are consecrated to you. Make us
in a society that disdains life-long marriage fidelity, chastity,
single for the Lord".