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, June 10, 2017

Reflection for Friday June 16, Tenth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 5:27-32

Gospel: Matthew 5:27-32
(Jesus said to his disciples) 27 "You have heard that it was said, `You shall not commit adultery.' 28 But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than your whole body  be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole  body go into hell.  31 "It was also said, `Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.'  But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
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Why is there adultery? This is for the reason that we don’t value the sanctity of the Sacrament of Marriage anymore. We treat marriage as a contract that we can violate anytime we want to violate it.  Why do many of us are not afraid to violate our marriage covenant? This is for the reason that we don’t love God anymore.

The root cause of adultery is our lack of proper instillation of the values of God. And who is the culprit about our lack of values about God?  No other than our parents! Many of today’s parents pamper their children about the material things of this world. Such as money, material possessions and so forth, yet when it comes to the values about God they seldom care to teach them. Parents such as these rear children that are not anymore afraid of God and children that have no values about God yet they know God. 

What must we do therefore? We must teach our children about the values of God and as parents we must also see to it that we are committed until the end to our marriage. Parents are the best role models for their children. If they observe their parent committed to their married life. They too would grow up to become committed to their own marriage.

In our gospel for today we see how Jesus abhors adultery. For the simple reason that the mission and reason of marriage for both husband and wife is loyalty until the end. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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