The Gospel Today
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked,
“Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?”
They were testing him.
He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?”
“Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her.”
But Jesus told them,
“Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment.
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
So they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.”
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.
He said to them,
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
she commits adultery.”
Reflection (Sem. Ivan Joseph T. Feniquito)
The law is meant to guide and put into order our relationship with another. Marriage is regulated by the Code of Canon Law. Canon 1055 says, “The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of their whole life, and which of its very nature is ordered to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children, has, between the baptized, been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”
Marriage is a covenant with God as the man and woman start a perpetual relationship rooted in love.
In the Gospel, Jesus stresses the divine plan of marriage; that is, it should be indissoluble, founded on the love of God whose very nature is unchangeable and forever valid. As the man and woman become one flesh, divorce, the breaking of the marriage bond, is forbidden by God.
Fortunately, here in our country divorce does not exist, unlike in other countries, even Christian countries, where divorce is allowed by law. But sadly in our case, there have already been attempts to introduce divorce in our laws. The sanctity of marriage must be given importance and proper preparation must be established. Marriage is not something to be taken lightly, as what my lola said, “Ang kasal ay hindi bagong luto na kanin na kapag naisubo at napaso ay iluluwa na lamang” (Marriage is not like freshly cooked rice that you can spit out if you swallow it hot). The invitation for me, as a priest in process, is to participate in the efforts of the Church in preserving the indissolubility of marriage by means of catechism and recollection giving to people who will enter into marriage.
Thus even, after the marriage bond, I will participate in giving “help to those who entered marriage, so that by faithfully observing and protecting their conjugal covenant, they may day by day achieve a holier and fuller family life”(Canon. 1063). I believe in the grace of God and in the cooperation of the couple who enter marriage to be faithful to their covenant. We pray that in the sacrament of marriage, couples will be granted one heart and soul, for better or worse, for richer or poor, in sickness or health.