Jesus went to the province of Judea, beyond the Jordan River. Once more crowds gathered around him and once more He taught them, as He always did. Some (Pharisees came and) put him to the test with this question, «Is it right for a husband to divorce his wife?». He replied, «What law did Moses give you?». They answered, «Moses allowed us to write a certificate of dismissal in order to divorce». Then Jesus said to them, «Moses wrote this law for you, because you are stubborn. But in the beginning of creation God made them male and female, and because of this, man has to leave father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one body. So they are no longer two but one body. Therefore let no one separate what God has joined».
When they were indoors at home, the disciples again asked him about this and He told them, «Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against his wife, and the woman who divorces her husband and marries another also commits adultery».
I would like to invite you all to look at today’s gospel another way. It’s no more a question of marriage or divorce, but of accomplishing the will of the Father. Jesus came to the world to reveal to us the divine will and the depth of the love of the Father. It is in Jesus we are called to discover this God who loves us.
This love is better revealed in the human relationship and the perfect model of the human love is Trinitarian love. It is because of this, that the Holy Church try to express to the whole world the divine love through the sacrament of marriage and in the family life. Trinitarian union in their diversity of function, helps us to respect the difference and appreciate it. As a baptised Christian, we are called to identify the unity in our diversity.
The first reading can help us to discern and qualify these human relationship. In Jesus we find this qualitative and selective love, though His love remained universal. He has chosen a few among the many and qualified them and trained them as Apostles. Thus, we too are called to choose and qualify every relationship, thus by this qualification and selection process, we will be able to, though in a limited way to master these relationship, which in return will help us to minimise the ruptures and particularly the pain. Sometime, these pains remain for an eternity and some of us carry it, sadly throughout the life. The deeper our relationship with the Lord, the better will be our human, interpersonal relationship. Have a wonderful life.
«Once more He taught them, as He always did»
Fr. Miquel VENQUE i To
Today, I would like, dear Lord, to say a little prayer to thank you for your teaching. You taught with authority whenever they let you, and you were taking advantage of all occasions; I understand Lord that, as a matter of fact, your basic mission was to transmit the Word of the Father. And you did it.
—Today, while “connected” to Internet, I tell you: Speak to me for, as a faithful disciple, I want to pray a little. First, I would like to beseech capacity to learn what you are teaching and, secondly, I wish I would know how to teach it myself. I know it is easy to err making you say what you have never said and, with malevolent boldness, I wish you would say what I like. I admit that I am, perhaps, more hard-hearted than those listeners.
I know your Gospel, the Teachings of the Church, the Catechism, and I remember pope John Paul II's words in his Letter to Families: «The programme of utilitarianism, based on an individualistic understanding of freedom —a freedom without responsibilities— is the opposite of love, even as an expression of human civilization considered as a whole». Lord, break my heart, which longs for a utilitarianism happiness and let me in your Divine Truth I so much need.
—From this vantage point, like on top of the mountain, I can see that You speak of marital love as the love that lasts forever, and that adultery —being a sin, as any other grave offense to You, who are the Lord of Life and Love— is the wrong way to happiness: «Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against his wife» (Mk 10:11).
—I remember a young man who said: «Father, sin promises a lot, gives nothing and takes everything». Good Jesus, let me understand you, and let me learn how to explain it: «let no one separate what You have joined» (cf. Mk 10:9). Out of here, out of your ways, I shall not be able to find the true happiness. Jesus, teach me again!
—Thanks, Jesus, I'm hard-hearted, but I know you are right.