The good news for the day February 24 2017

Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time (345)

Jesus traveled into the State of Judea and its neighbor across the Jordan. Again, the public gathered to him and, as usual, he resumed teaching them. His religious leaders approached him to ask, “Is it all right—lawful—for a husband to divorce his wife?” (They were testing him.) He answered, “What did Moses tell you to do?” They replied, “Moses permitted a husband to create legal divorce papers that free her.” But Jesus told them, “Because of the stoniness of your hearts, he wrote you this commandment. From the beginning of creation, though, God has made humans male-and-female. It is for this reason a man will leave his father and motherand become united to his wife. The couple will become one flesh— they are no longer two but one mortal flesh. Yes! what God has joined together, no human being is to separate.” Inside, away from the crowd, His followers asked for clarification from Jesus about this. He told them, “Anybody who divorces his wife and marries someone else is committing adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries someone else, she is committing adultery.”(Mark 10)

Jesus continues to address our weakness, neediness, and frailty. The gospel puts here a mystery that reaches everybody—whether wanting a divorce, worrying how to behave with divorced friends, thinking how to counsel a best friend who brings it up and so on. All eras and cultures face this mystery of human frailty.

One way to see it is to consider our frail lives—to avoid stone-heartedly condemning others—and allow that human pressure, or accidental pregnancy, or “just the thing to do,” or some other human motive created this union—and not God. God joins some couples—even in alien cultures where, in arranged marriages, couples might not know each other and fall in love later. Others live together after a religious ceremony—but God is not really involved at all.

When a marriage involving God breaks up—yes, that is adultery, sin, and the cause of sin. Where God is there—no one can—without sin—break it. But—in our frailty, others need to stop what is not of God—and do the will of our Father


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