The good news for the day June 10
Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time (363)
Jesus says to his students: “You have heard people tell you, ‘You are not to commit adultery.’ But I am telling you—anyone who looks at a woman with sex on his mind has already committed adultery with her in his heart. In fact, if your good eye starts causing you trouble, you get it removed, and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your body parts than for your whole body to get thrown out into the trash. And, yes, if your good hand starts causing you trouble, you cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your body parts than for your whole body to get thrown out into the trash. You have heard people tell you, ‘Anyone who separates from his spouse has to give her a legal document of divorce. But I am saying to you that anyone rejecting a spouse—sex (“porneia”) is something separate—gets that person to commit adultery: and anyone who marries such a rejected spouse is committing adultery.“ (Matthew 5)
Sex is a major component of marriage; it is love, though, that is the essence of it. Married love, like the banks of a great river, curbs your committed love, life-experience, profound choice, risk, and hope into strength and joy.
These words serve to remind you—all love is fragile, attacked from within and without. You wrestle with your own hormones and with seductions. Off-guard glimpses and long-term attractions work to distract and diminish all your loving. Infidelity can come in many forms—some obvious and some well concealed—even from ourselves.
Faithful men and women get little publicity; few—even a spouse—might not know the temptations. The Good News in these words today, however, suggest the depth of married love. You and I quietly “cut off” cancerous possibilities, make hard choices—which may be painful. A career choice, the responsibilities of children, in-law irritations—so many things need to be dealt with and sometimes painfully—but God binds marriage—not a priest, not ourselves even, and not circumstances—but something deeper and greater—God.