Posted by: livingscripture | May 20, 2016

Seventh Friday of Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day

Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.   (Mark 10: 9)

   How should we live this Word St. Gianna[6][1]

 In order to entrap Jesus, the Pharisees ask Him if it is licit for a man to repudiate his wife and they remind Him that Moses had given them the possibility of writing a decree of divorce.  Jesus responds that this was given due to their hardness of heart.  At the same time, He declares that it was not this way at the beginning, reminding them of the original plan of God.  “Man and woman become one body” (Cf. Mark 10: 8-9).

God Himself is at the root of every love and the couple, where two people deeply love and respect each other, recalls this divine love in fidelity and intimacy; a love that continually grows, overcomes suffering, and is nourished by the joys of life.   Each day, with imagination and creativity, they must create new expressions of care and tenderness, of reciprocal esteem, to realize a deep communion of bodies and spirits in order to avoid living in ‘separate houses’.

It seems evident today that the family is in crisis.  Various models of family are proposed, that in reality and in their nature are not such. It seems difficult that many of them are able to maintain the unity and indissolubility proper to a Christian family.

For this reason, it is extremely important to entrust one’s family to God, praying for His divine mercy to help maintain the couple’s fidelity and for the spouses to know how to face difficulties and difficult situations; transmit Christian values to their children and members of the community; and be signs of hope for those spouses living difficult situations and even in irregular situations.

Lord, grant that the love of spouses may shine like a spark and echo with Your immense love, thus realizing Your original divine plan for man and woman. 

The Voice of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, holy Mother 

With the help and blessing of God, we will do all that is possible so that our family may have and be a little cenacle where Jesus reigns over all our affections, desires and actions.  My dear Peter, only a few days remain and I am full of emotion to approach the altar to receive the sacrament of Love.  We will become God’s collaborators in creation.

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