25th of February

Publié le 24 Février 2022

Gospel text

(Mk 10:1-12): 

 

Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them. The Pharisees approached him and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” They were testing him. He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?” They replied, “Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.” But Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, 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. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”

In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

 

The Application

 

It is not a question of divorce, but a question of divine will, a question of the foundation of life. Jesus points us to his Father and makes us discover the finality of the life of the couple: "they are no longer two, but one". For me personally, the family represents in a perfect way a true image of the Trinity. Love and mercy are the very signs of divine presence.

 

Jesus continues to show us not only the present, but also our past, our hard heartedness and everything that can happen in our daily lives, the danger of loosing the inner peace and joy that God has promised to the humanity. The danger of being separated from divine mercy.  If man does not respect God's will, man's house will be a divided house, without any possibility of unity. "Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate!"

 

Action of the day: Be rooted in divine will.

“As was his custom, He again taught them”

 

Fr. Miquel VENQUE i To

(Solsona, Lleida, Spain)

 

Today, dear Lord, I would like to say a little prayer to thank you for your teaching. You taught with authority, and took the opportunity to do so on every occasion they let you; as a matter of fact, I understand Lord that your basic mission was to transmit the Word of the Father. And you did it.

Today, while “connected” to the Internet, I ask you, Lord: Speak to me for, as a faithful disciple, I want to pray a little. First, I would like to ask the capacity to learn what you are teaching; and, secondly, I wish I would know how to teach it to others. I know it is easy to fail in the error of making you say something that you didn’t really say and, with malevolent daring, I change what you are saying to what I like to hear. 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 Saint John Paul II's words in his Letter to Families: “The program 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, turn me away from the desire for utilitarianism happiness, and turn me instead to your Divine Truth, which I so much need.

From this vantage point, like standing atop a mountain, I can see that You speak of marital love as the love that lasts forever, and that adultery —as any other grave offense to You, Lord of Life and Love— is the wrong way to happiness: “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her” (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, that I too may teach: “What God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Mk 10:9). Outside the Truth which you teach, there is no happiness. Jesus, teach me again!

Thank you Jesus, for I am hard-hearted, but I know you are right.

 

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