Friday 12 August 2022
St Jane Frances de Chantal
Ezekiel 16:1-15, 60, 63 / 16:59-63. You have turned from your anger to comfort me – Isaiah 12:2-6. Matthew 19:3-12.
Husband and wife are no longer two, but one body
The Gospel reading for today is perplexing and difficult. Our sexuality can be our salvation or our downfall. In our contemporary world many of the limitations around the expression of our sexual nature have been abolished and it has brought great harm to families and to society. Jesus is clear about the choice to become one body. It is not for everyone, for some it is better not to engage in sexual activity, and this is not a popular view today. What really counts is the commitment that is likened to a covenant. It is bound before God, and with God. By becoming one flesh we enter into the creative nature of Godself, we become the tools through which God creates human beings. This is an extraordinary calling and requires God’s grace to make it work. It is also difficult to maintain today, and compassion must be our stance when a marriage does not work.