Friday, August 16, 2013

Two Shall Become One


"So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate."

In today's Gospel of Matthew, (Matthew 19:3-12), the question of divorce comes up by the Pharisees concerning the law of Moses.  Jesus makes it quite clear in the statement above what God proclaims on the subject of marriage.  If you study this passage further some clarity comes out on why priests don't marry in the Catholic Church.  "Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."
This statement clarifies the celibate life.  Does it open the door for homosexuality?  Here is what the Catholic Church says: 

The Homosexual inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most [homosexuals] a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection. (CCC 2358-2359).

So God clearly states that men and women should be married.  The church does not denounce homosexuality but recognizes it and says that they need to be devoted to a life of chastity to reach the kingdom of heaven. 

In terms of divorce, God is saying that if a person divorces and has relations with another they are committing adultery.  God is also clearly saying the men have a responsibility to take charge in the area of marriage and families.  "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female'
and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?  This is critical in today's eroding society where men are degraded.  Have you watched a sitcom lately?  It is time to man up, love your wife, be the head of the household, and be a God fearing father to your children.  If more of that happens then the Pharisee does not ask the question ever again. 

prayer:  Father in heaven, please send the Holy Spirit down upon our married couples to put you first and to keep marriages strong on behalf of today's children.  They need good parents to help our next generation go from good to great.  Amen

promise:  I promise to to keep God first in my marriage so I can be a better husband and dad.

praise:  Glory and praise to our God for his infinite wisdom.

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