AUGUST 13. Ord Time B. Wk 19. Fri. Mt 19. 3-12
Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and to test him they said, ‘Is it against the Law for a man to divorce his wife on any pretext whatever?’ He answered, ‘Have you not read that the creator from the beginning made them male and female and that he said: This is why a man must leave father and mother, and cling to his wife, and the two become one body? They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.’
They said to him, ‘Then why did Moses command that a writ of dismissal should be given in cases of divorce?’ ‘It was because you were so unteachable’ he said ‘that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but it was not like this from the beginning. Now I say this to you: the man who divorces his wife – I am not speaking of fornication – and marries another, is guilty of adultery.’
The disciples said to him, ‘If that is how things are between husband and wife, it is not advisable to marry.’ But he replied, ‘It is not everyone who can accept what I have said, but only those to whom it is granted. There are eunuchs born that way from their mother’s womb, there are eunuchs made so by men and there are eunuchs who have made themselves that way for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.’
Christ is addressing a very important issue here for human beings; - the purpose of marriage and our sexual abilities; - something particularly relevant to the 21st century; - when many have lost all sense of the sacredness of both marriage and the human body.
It is clear from the way God created human beings, men and women are meant to “come together” in the most intimate of ways in order to create souls; - children with the capacity to love and serve God, whereas today’s world has turned this sacred intimacy into something to be used for human pleasure; - rather than the divine purpose for which our bodies are created!
Christ clearly articulated this purpose when he why “a man must leave father and mother, and cling to his wife, and the two become one body.” It was so “They are no longer two, but one body!” And then he went on; - “So then, what God has united, man must not divide!”
The tragedy of today’s world is it has become so focused on the satisfaction of human desires it has lost all sense or awareness we are creatures of God, with duties and obligations towards our Creator. The effect of this is that multitudes of people are growing up with the false idea that the purpose of life is to satisfy our desires; - and that this is the way to happiness!
The problem with such an approach to life is it is not in accord with Truth; - a truth we have been told about by the Son of God; - and which we are able to discover by our own experiences in life. The truth is; - “we were made for God, and we will not find true happiness until he is the goal of our desires!”
“Our hearts were made for you O Lord, and we will not find happiness until they rest in you!’
When the purpose of life becomes the satisfaction of our own desires; - rather than submission to the will of our creator; - the first impact is misuse of our sexual abilities where, instead of being the means for intimate love of a spouse it becomes a means of loving myself; - the tragedy here being; - true human happiness is only found when we acknowledge, love, and serve God!
Gospel Acclamation cf.1Th2:13
Receive this message not as human words,
but as truly the word of God.