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

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Reflection for Sunday October 4, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mark 10:2-16

Gospel: Mark 10:2-16
The Pharisees approached Jesus 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."

And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.
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A blind man fell in love with his neighbor. When he was asked by his parents what made him love the woman, he said I can sense her inner beauty. Her caring and loving ways she also has a very gentle and good heart.

Eventually this man was cured from his blindness and he now has a clear picture of the physical appearance of the woman which he fell in love. He saw that the woman was not physically beautiful nevertheless he still decided to marry her.  After a few months the lack of physical beauty somehow diminished his love for her. Soon after, he deserted her for a young and physically attractive woman.

In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus talks about the insolubility of the marriage covenant between a man and a woman. That nobody has the right to dissolve this marriage, Jesus himself said: What God has joined together, no human being must separate (Mark 10:9).

However, many of us still violate with impunity the sanctity of the marriage covenant. Many of us are like the man in the story, we still allow ourselves to be smitten by the external appearance of a person even if we are already forbidden. But what is external beauty when it will eventually fade away?

There is far more important than the external appearance of a person and that is the inner character of a person. Inner beauty is far more valuable than what is seen by our eyes. The attitude, the goodness, the gentleness counts far more than physical appearance.

Let us be faithful to our marriage covenant! Let us not give room for the devil to destroy this marriage covenant! The devil which comes to us with a beautiful/handsome face and a beautiful body. – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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