This weekend the Gospel addresses the issue of marriage and divorce – one that has been debated rigorously in the Church in recent years after the publication of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
In this weekend’s Gospel text St Mark describes Jesus’s journey to Jerusalem. Arriving on the far side of the Jordan river, Jesus finds himself in a double conflict – one with the Pharisees who want to catch him out and, then, with his own disciples who want to send the children away that have been brought to him.
Jesus wisely and prudently responds to the loaded question by the Pharisees: “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” Jesus appeals to God’s plan of complete unity and equality in drawing men and women together in marriage. He affirms that husband and wife are united so intimately that they actually become one and indivisible.
Jesus’ emphasis is on the holiness and covenant fidelity of marriage and not on the illegitimacy of divorce. The goal of marriage is, after all, not divorce!
Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B.
You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible or simply hover your mouse over the reference and the text will appear:
Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 127; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16.
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