Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
James 5:9-12, Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8-9, 11-12, & Mark 10:1-12
Today, the Pharisees again work on cornering Jesus. They approach Him and ask, "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife." I suspect that even in our Lord's day, the building and keeping of relationships was fragile, especially in marriage, where two individuals live day in and day out with each other. Even in a good marriage, the relationship's strength and commitment are tested at times.
Like marriage, all our relationships require work, regardless of whether it is between family members, friends, employees and employers, and so forth. It is unfortunate that relationships, at times, are considered disposable. Yet, as we heard in today's Gospel, Jesus desires that we give and do our best in any meaningful relationship—especially marriage.
In such a "disposable" world, our instinct is to move on when relationships or situations get strained and complicated. However, when we commit ourselves to the Sacrament of Marriage, we promise to work together through the good and—the bad times. Let us pray for those who consider divorce as a response to a difficult marriage. Hopefully, it will not be the first solution considered.
Question of the Day: Do you believe that Holy Marriage is one of the two Sacraments of Service?
Prayer: "Your Word, O Lord, is truth; consecrate us in the truth." Amen.