for Sunday, October 4, 2009
This Sunday the readings invite us to consider marriage and the
relationship between a man and a woman in marriage. Such a topic for a
Christian today has so many challenges because modern culture has changed
the perception of marriage, of commitment, of chastity and of love.
For most of the centuries after Christ, the teaching of all who followed
Christ was the same: one woman and one man enter into a commitment with
each other, to love one another, to honor one another and to live chastely
with one another. Always there have been attempts to change this but the
Scriptures have always been clear in this teaching. Today again there is
an enormous movement to understand the teachings of our Lord Jesus in new
ways. Some who follow Christ accept such changes but such changes are
based not on Sacred Scripture but on human teachings.
Today many would like the Christian Scriptures to accept every person just
as that person is, rather than challenging all of us to conversion.
Today's readings are still a challenge to those who marry and to those who
remain celibate for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Woman is made for man
and man is made for woman. Those who break their commitments to marriage
and enter into another marriage commit adultery.
Always in the Christian tradition there has been an understanding that
sometimes marriages do not work but the ideal has remained in place. When
about half of the marriages that are celebrated end in divorce, there is
something radically wrong within the culture. Today's readings invite us
to question ourselves and our society and to look for ways to strengthen
marriage once again and to strengthen the Christian family.
The second reading, from the Letter to the Hebrews, speaks of Christ's
suffering for us. So often we want life without suffering and only with
pleasure! May we learn today to suffer for the truth of the Lord Jesus and
walk in His paths.
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