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27th Sunday of the Year  

27th Sunday of the Year

 

Dear friends in Christ,

 

The Book of Genesis reports two different stories of creation and both stories tell that from the beginning God creates marriage between a man and a woman: first story (1:26-28) describes marriage as means of procreation; second story (2:18-24) presents marriage as a mutual love between a man and a woman in a permanent union.

The Church sees marriage as a covenant between a man and a woman. When the Bible tells that God created man from the earth and the woman from the side of man, it means that the primary relationship between a man and a woman is built on mutuality and partnership. The woman becomes an inseparable and indispensable partner of the man, not his subordinate. This mutuality finds its fullest expression in marriage, “a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body.”

Modern society accepts divorce and remarriage, but today’s Gospel reminds us of the ideal of permanence of marriage as set by the Creator from the beginning. In today’s Gospel, when the Pharisees asked about divorce being allowed in the Book of Deuteronomy, Jesus simply replied: “Because of the hardness or your hearts Moses wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female, and the two shall become one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”

According to Jesus, true love means laying down one’s life for one’s friend. Someone once said that marriage is a Three Ring Circus: the engagement ring, the wedding ring, and the suffering. Husband and wife learn how to be dying to self in daily little ways in order to be faithful to love one another, a love that brings joy, happiness and Christ’s promise of eternal life.

 

Fr. Joe