The week the readings are about fidelity and relationship. We begin with the end of the second Creation story in Genesis. After making Man, The Lord says that “It is not right for the man to be alone. I will make him a suitable partner.” So the Lord created all the animals of the land and air bringing them to man who named them, but nothing was a good partner. The Lord then cast a deep sleep upon the man and while he was asleep the Lord took a rib and created woman. When the man awoke and he was brought to her man said “This one at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” This continues until the end that we typically hear a weddings “This is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife and the two of them become one flesh.” Talk about women’s rights here in Genesis 2 it says Men and Women are equals. Turning to the Epistle we hear from Hebrews that we should call Jesus, Brother since he came down from heaven and died for us and we share the same eternal Father or something like that. It’s a rather short reading and uses he to many times.
Finally, in the Gospel we hear about marriage and the family from Mark. The Pharisees came to Jesus and asked “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” Jesus throws the Bible back at them “What does Moses say?”, they reply that Moses said that the husband can write a bill of divorce and Jesus once again throws the Bible at them quoting the first reading “,,,two of them become one flesh” for what the Lord brings together no humans can separate. Later on the disciples ask Jesus about this and he replied that “whoever divorces and remarries commits adultery” The second section of this reading we have children coming up to Jesus the disciples try to turn the kids away but Jesus rebuked them saying “Let the children come…for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” This is a difficult reading for society today where divorce is a common thing, however this might be changing as the Bishops are meeting for the Synod on the Family this upcoming week. Let us remember that we are all called to be of one flesh, receive one another as brothers and sisters, and be accept the Kingdom like little children. This seems to be difficult for so many, may we all be inspired this week to see that it isn’t as difficult as we make it out to be. I hope that we can keep those involved in the Synod in our prayers this week that the Holy Spirit can help guide the discussion and decisions that will be made.