WORD of the DAY
Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Mark 10: 9)
Jesus gives us an exemplary teaching on matrimony: its union is indissoluble. While the Pharisees, calling on the law of Moses, said that a man could send his wife away with an act of repudiation, Jesus responds that this was allowed only because of the hardness of their hearts. But the original plan of God affirms that it was not thus from the beginning: the man and the woman become on flesh alone (Cf. Mark 10: 8-9).
The root of love resides in God, and if faith and effort are lacking, it is difficult to reach the perfect union of heart and of flesh. Love grows continually in matrimony. It always seeks new ways of showing the joy and the serenity of being united. It expands into the children whose best heritage is the good example of their parents’ love.
O Lord, grant to our families the joy of living united and of always experiencing the serenity that comes even from forgiveness.
The voice of Pope Francis
Love does not allow itself to be dominated by rancor, by despising people, by the desire to wound or make someone pay. The Christian ideal, especially in the family, is love in spite of everything.