"Male and Female He created them..."
"God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." ~ Genesis 1:27
Scripture: Mark 10:1-12 & MATTHEW 19:3-12
"Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" ..."What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder."
Meditation: What is God's intention for our state in life, whether married or single? Jesus deals with the issue of divorce by taking his hearers back to the beginning of creation and to God's plan for the human race. In Genesis 2:23-24 we see God's intention and ideal that two people who marry should become so indissolubly one that they are one flesh. That ideal is found in the unbreakable union of Adam and Eve. They were created for each other and for no one else. They are the pattern and symbol for all who were to come.
Jesus explains that Moses permitted divorce as a concession in view of a lost ideal. Jesus sets the high ideal of the married state before those who are willing to accept his commands. Jesus, likewise sets the high ideal for those who freely renounce marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:11-12). Both marriage and celibacy are calls from God to live a consecrated life, that is to live as married couples or as singles who belong not to themselves but to God.
Our lives are not our own – they belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:19b,20; Romans 14:7-8).
The Lord Jesus through the gift of the Holy Spirit gives the grace and the power to those who seek to follow his way of holiness in their state of life. His grace and power bring freedom, discipline, and strength to live a life of love, joy, and holiness.
Do you seek the Lord and His grace (His strength and power) in your state of life?
"Lord Jesus Christ, Your call to holiness extends to all in every state of life. Sanctify our lives – as married couples and as singles – that we may live as men and women who are consecrated to You. Make us leaven in a society that disdains life-long marriage fidelity, chastity, and living single for the Lord". ~ dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org/readings/mark10v1.htm
The Catholic Teaching on same-sex 'marriage'
by Fr. John Trigilio, PhD, ThD.
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