Thursday, February 23, 2006
Friday 7th Week in Ordinary Time
February 24, 2006
Friday 7th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another, that you may
not be judged. Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates. Take as
an example of hardship and patience, brothers and sisters, the prophets
who spoke in the name of the Lord. Indeed we call blessed those who
have persevered. You have heard of the perseverance of Job, and you
have seen the purpose of the Lord, because the Lord is compassionate
and merciful. But above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear,
either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath, but let your "Yes"
mean "Yes" and your "No" mean "No," that you may not incur
Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again
crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught
them. The Pharisees approached him 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."
Jesus points out that God intended marriage to be monogamous, to be
dissolved only by death. However in a rigidly patriarchal society, such
as Jewish society was in Jesus' day, you'd expect marriage would be
seen as a state of life fashioned for the benefit of men. And so it was
seen in the society in which Jesus lived.
In spite of God's intention for marriage, Moses was forced to tolerate
a situation in which Jewish men could divorce their wives. The men
rebelled against the law of God. They were stubborn, not interested in
doing God's will. But, Jesus says he's changing all that now. Marriage
will be as God intended it to be. How insistently rigid the male Jewish
mindset was, is seen in the disciples' reaction: if marriage means a
man has to remain faithful to one woman, it's better not to marry at
The breakup of a marriage (always a tragic affair) can always be
attributed to selfishness, to what Jesus called hardness of heart on
the part of one or both of the spouses. Once disaffection hardens,
there's little hope for reconciliation, little hope that the couple
will adhere to God's will for the marriage bond and for the spouses.
The warmth of God's grace is needed to prevent hardness of heart, to
offset the cold selfishness that can destroy a marriage. If the married
couple needs God's grace to melt hardness of heart and selfishness in
marriage, then prayer is also necessary, for prayer is the only avenue
that provides an approach to God and his grace. Perhaps today we can
pray for married couples who do not pray.
We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the healing, courage and strength of Theresa.
- for the physical and spiritual healing and strength of Teresita De
- for the physical and spiritual healing and strength of Beth.
- for those that are sick and abandoned. May the Blessed Mother give
- for the special intentions of Mike Torres.
- for the personal intentions of Charles & Cheryl C.
- for the personal intentions of Cha.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Pablo Dulay Sr., Eternal rest
grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all
the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for an increase in faith and perseverance in living a good life for
Christ for Corie.
- for the spiritual, sound mind and physical healing of Michael O.
- for the personal intentions of Archelle.
- for the success operations on 24 February and quick recovery of my
mother Amalia Lim Payabyab
- for security and protection of my husband - Edwin Lopez whose
celebrating his birthday on 24 February
- for the soul of my auntie Gloria Lim Catanghal
- for my personal intention Elyza Payabyab Lopez
- for the guidance and protection of our Christian Life Program
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Eric Sun
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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