It is 7th October 2018. We celebrate the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings are from Genesis 2:18-24; the second reading is from Hebrews 2:9-11; and the Gospel from Mark 10:2-16. Marriage is the Sacrament built on the unity of the spouses. It is the journey from union to communion. It is a conscious and loving effort of mutual self-giving. The marital communion is perfected in communion with Christ through the participation of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. “The love of Christ can restore to spouses the joy of journeying together” (Pope Francis, Sept.14,2014). The marriage is the plan of God for humanity. It is the call and gift from God for the humanity to grow into and experience love that is poured into their hearts by God. Spouses are guided by the power of the Holy Spirit in every turn and turf of the marriage. The first reading teaches us that the suitable helpmate and companion for man is woman none other in the entire creation. The equality between man and woman is complemented in their physiological differences celebrated in their journey of knowing and finding the connection of love through a profound respect for life and mutual fidelity. Today’s passage teaches us that the original plan of God about the marriage is between man and woman only. With all its debated arguments for and against the marriage around us, marriage has the power to last for life. It is not human-made but it has the support and blessings of the divinity. The responsorial Psalm praises, “May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.” (Ps.128:5). The second reading informs us that Jesus became our Saviour through His suffering leading us to God. “For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason, Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.” (Heb.2:11). The Gospel strongly proposes us that divorce in marriage is not in the mind of God and that is not what God wanted for the spouses. God wanted them to grow in selfless love towards each other. It is not me-too-moment in marriage that makes a marriage successful rather it is we-too-moments that makes the marriage fruitful and lasting. Moreover, divorce is not the only option left to solve the problems of marriage. If the intention and mutual love in question, one must not hesitate to approach the Church to look at the validity of the marriage. Children are the gifts of God in every marriage. Having become one flesh in the marital union that leads to communion of love needs a grave reason to propose the other options in times of living together anymore. “So, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Mk. 10:8,9). To love and to relate, one needs another human person. Marriage as a Sacrament of God’s perfect love not only for the couples, children and for the society at large. Love between the spouses must flow to the children and to the community. Unshared love is sinful and corrupted that corrodes the core of the humanity. May the Lord kindly bless all the families that are going through certain difficulties in their marital relationship. May we pray for them. Have a good day. God bless you.

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