On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 20, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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It is far more challenging and difficult to love in spite of.. Despite of… For we often look upon the imperfections of others be it family, friends or strangers. And yet we don’t want our Heavenly Father to look upon our very own imperfections.

Despite our imperfections our ever patient Heavenly Father loves us. And only through His Son are we perfected.  It is through Jesus His perfect love that we love outside of ourselves. That we can truly love our neighbour. And just as He our Lord God keeps His promises, so must we when we make them.

Marriage is too often seen as one between man and woman alone.  But it is actually God who unites the man and woman in Him.  And unless He is present first in their lives, they are going to face many challenges and in the end; find themselves living individually under the guise of a marriage.

O Lord You are an ever faithful spouse to Your Church. Keep us united in You. Amen

First reading
James 5:9-12

Do not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates. For your example, brothers, in submitting with patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord; remember it is those who had endurance that we say are the blessed ones. You have heard of the patience of Job, and understood the Lord’s purpose, realising that the Lord is kind and compassionate.

  Above all, my brothers, do not swear by heaven or by the earth, or use any oaths at all. If you mean ‘yes’, you must say ‘yes’; if you mean ‘no’, say ‘no.’ Otherwise you make yourselves liable to judgement.

Gospel
Mark 10:1-12

Jesus came to the district of Judaea and the far side of the Jordan. And again crowds gathered round him, and again he taught them, as his custom was. Some Pharisees approached him and asked, ‘Is it against the law for a man to divorce his wife?’ They were testing him. He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ ‘Moses allowed us’ they said ‘to draw up a writ of dismissal and so to divorce.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so unteachable that he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, 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.’ Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this, and he said to them, ‘The man who divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.’

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