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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 1, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

One of the main problems in marriages between a man and woman is when the couple see themselves as individuals coming together to live as one. Things go very wrong when their individualism takes dominance. How can they claim to be One when they lead completely separate lives? Not so says the Lord our God, in my eyes you are ONE Body not made of two. With this keen insight of our Lord, can you go on leading separate lives? Are you faithful to your own One Body? Are you leading one another to heaven?

The Lord our God who is ever faithful desires the same spousal relationship with all of us. That is why the language of His love for us is that of a bride and groom. Jesus is our groom and we His one Holy Church made up of sinners, striving for Holiness are is His bride. And so He tenderly loves us with an everlasting love. We become One Body In Him through Holy Communion.

So then are we faithful to our friends? Leading one another to Holiness after Christ? Do we SEE our sisters and brothers as One Body In Christ. If so are we praying together? Are we praying for one another? Are we laying our lives down for them when it is required?

Lord Jesus my only desire is to be faithfully One with You, as I am One with Your Holy Church in You, my family. Amen

First reading

Ecclesiasticus 6:5-17 †
A faithful friend is a sure shelter

A kindly turn of speech multiplies a man’s friends, and a courteous way of speaking invites many a friendly reply.
Let your acquaintances be many, but your advisers one in a thousand.
If you want to make a friend, take him on trial, and be in no hurry to trust him;
for one kind of friend is only so when it suits him but will not stand by you in your day of trouble.
Another kind of friend will fall out with you and to your dismay make the quarrel public, and a third kind of friend will share your table, but not stand by you in your day of trouble: when you are doing well he will be your second self, ordering your servants about; but if ever you are brought low he will turn against you and will hide himself from you.
Keep well clear of your enemies, and be wary of your friends.
A faithful friend is a sure shelter, whoever finds one has found a rare treasure.
A faithful friend is something beyond price, there is no measuring his worth.
A faithful friend is the elixir of life, and those who fear the Lord will find one.
Whoever fears the Lord makes true friends, for as a man is, so is his friend.

Gospel

Mark 10:1-12
What God has united, man must not divide

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.’