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Sunday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

October 7, 2018

Sunday of the 27th Week in the Ordinary Time


Genesis 2: 18-24,

 Hebrews 2: 9-11,

 Gospel MK 10:2-16 


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?" They replied, "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."

And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 


Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them. 

United Forever


‘Right-based Approach’ is the glittering word in the field of developmental Social Work today. People are becoming more and more aware of their rights; rather they have started agitations to ensure their rights. There are multiple forums functioning throughout the nation to ensure that all the categories of population are getting all their entitlements.


The first question of today’s Gospel is really provocative in the Jesus’ sense. “Is it right for anyone to divorce his wife” is a question that arises out of mere crookedness to trap the one who knows everything. But Jesus is tactically answering the query by asking another question on their basic understanding of the Scriptures.


When Albert Einstein and his wife were being interviewed on the occasion of their golden anniversary, they were asked the routine question, “To what do you attribute the success of your marriage?” Einstein replied, “When we got married, we made a pact. It was this. In our together I would make all the big decisions and she would make all the little ones. And we have kept to it for fifty years. That I think is the reasons for the success of our marriage.” Then he added, “The strange thing is that in fifty years there hasn’t been one big decision.”


Family life today has become more complicated and sophisticated and divergent. A common cause is seldom found in the family relations. In this background it is worthwhile to reflect on the family relations today in the backdrop of the scriptural passage. “Male and female He created them. It is not good for the man to be alone.” And man said, “This is the bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.” This one shall be called woman, for out of man this one was taken. These nostalgic words from the sacred Scriptures echo our ears as we listen to today’s Gospel and reflect on the family life.


See, how dearly and lovingly people start their family lives. The pomp and show on the wedding day, the number of friends and relatives greeted on that day. After long years of married life many are taking the roles in the drama that was staged in the Garden of Eden, where we accuse each other for every minute mistake. Marriage counselling has become a flourishing business today. Almost every ‘case’ as it is recorded, comes to the counsellor with deep wounds that have been carrying sometimes even from the first day of their marriage. Today’s couples are worried about their rights than duties. They even ask whether it is not right to divorce one’s partner. But Jesus is clear here-“Let no one separate what God has joined together.” Jesus emphatically says it as an inseparable union. It is like two streams joining together and forming a river- flowing together and flowing as one river. Water of one stream is inseparable from the other. It establishes perpetual and exclusive bond between the spouses. Thus there should never ever raise a question of doubt in the marital relationship.


Marriage is a partnership. Good partnerships emerge out of mutual understanding and mutual respect. (As in the case of a cricket match) The couple should be able to sense the unexpressed or inexplicable feelings of the other. They should thus grow into a serene partnership which will be called ‘made for each other’.


Yes, the marriages are made in heaven, goes the saying. It is fragile to be handled with care. As we come to the hard realities of life, each couple must be alert and vigilant to keep their marriages intact, for it is blessed by the Creator, designed by developed by the Almighty. God in his infinite mercy gives man and woman the Grace to bring union to their lives. As Bishop Fulton J Sheen used to say, “It takes three to get married: a man and a woman and God.


This month is especially dedicated to Rosary. The Rosary devotion at homes keeps the families united. This is one of the noble traditions of the Church. Those who pray the Rosary shall be kept united like the Rosary beads. Let’s offer our families to Our Mother Mary of the Rosary that she may intercede for us before the Almighty so that our family relations might be strengthened, Amen!


Fr. Biju Tharaniyil CMI


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