Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (18th August, 2017) on the Gospel
Josh 24:1-13;
Ps 135:1-3.16-18.21-22.24. (R. v. 1b);
Matt 19:3-12.

Topic: ...two shall become one.
Some Pharisees asked Jesus in today’s gospel to test Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?” He replied in part,
Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? (cf. Gen 1:27. 2:24)
Many families have collapsed and many more are at the verge of collapsing because many have deviated from God’s original plan. A man and a woman leave every other person behind and become one. Unfortunately, many enter into marriage with many baggages - parents, siblings, friends, and so on. Husband and wife cannot decide without the influence of at least one of them.
Some perpetrate this evil under the disguise that the couple are minors (children). However, it is wrong to refer to anybody who has completed the eighteenth year of age as a minor (child) both in the Church and in most countries of the world, cf. Can 97 § 1. And marriage is for adults, cf. 1055 § 1; 1057 § 1; 1071 § 6. Why do some people especially parents wrongly classify adults as minors?
Another word for husband and wife is couple (two). A couple who wants their marriage to succeed must avoid a third person. Parents, siblings, and so on, do not interfere in other people’s marriages if you mean well for them. The only person each couple must involve in their marriage is God, the author of marriage.
Bible Reading: Eph 5:21-33.
Thought for today: Marriage is for adult male and female.
Let us pray: May God save our marriages from collapse and mend the collapsed ones – Amen.
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