I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Reflection for Friday February 28, Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Mark 10:1-12

Gospel: Mark 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.”
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What if there’s no divorce? Would there be many unhappy couples? If there’s no divorce there would be unhappy couples but it counts to nothing compared to many happy couples who chose to remain in their marriage no matter their difficulties are.

Married couples who separate are only concerned for their own welfare and for their own happiness. They don’t care what will happen to their child/children who are the main casualty the moment parents separate.

Beneath the opposition of Jesus to divorce is His command for couples to persevere in their marriage. His command to always remember their vows of marriage. To accept with humility the flaws of their spouse and to accept the fact that marriage is not always a bed of roses.

Because there is no perfect marriage, there would be thorny episodes in marriage. So the couples must stay no matter what their difficulties are. The couples must learn to adjust and sometimes bend in humility for their marriage to succeed.

Incompatibility is not the reason why couples separate, it’s rather the lack of humility and the lack of active prayer life inside the marriage. Just imagine if both husband and wife learns to imbibe humility. Just imagine if there is an active presence of prayer life inside the marriage. …   

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