Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Genesis 2:18-24, Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5. 6, Hebrews 2:9-1, & Mark 10:2-16
A teacher asked her class, "What word describes a marriage with many wives?" A student answered, "polygamy." "Correct," said the teacher. The teacher then said, "What about if someone goes through a marriage ceremony while already married to another person? Another student responded, "That's bigamy." "Yes, that's right!" replied the teacher. Her final question to the students was, "What is a marriage with only one wife?" One of the student countered, "monotony." Of course, the student meant "monogamy."
The theme of love is the focus of many movies, songs, poems, and art. In today's reading from the Book of Genesis, we find the first love verse in the Holy Bible; "This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called 'woman,' for out of 'her man' this one has been taken." The lonely man, Adam, in the Garden of Eden had his longing fulfilled when God created a woman. This natural bond between the man and the woman at the beginning of their lives together is made holy in the Sacrament of Marriage.
Those who are married are indeed called to holiness. Pope Saint Paul VI said, "Marriage is a long path toward sanctification." When we consider some of the Bible's words about living a Christian life, we can understand how marriage can indeed be a path to sanctification. Jesus said that to follow Him, we must be servants, and marriage is a life of service to one's spouse and children. The Sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders are the two sacraments of Service. Saint Paul said three things last—faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love. Marriage is a commitment to love each other until death.
When the sanctity of marriage is under attack, let us hold high God's plan for marriage as Jesus did to the Pharisees in today's Gospel narrative. Let us remember God's plan for marriage, that what God has joined together, man must not separate. Marriage is a path to holiness; it is a vocation and a life-long commitment.
Question of the Day: Do you believe that "what God has joined together, no human being must separate?"
Prayer: "May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives." —Psalm 128