Friday 16 August 2019

About Today Readings

Day of Penance

Joshua 24:1-13. Psalm 135(136):1-3, 16-18, 21-22, 24. Matthew 19:3-12.

His love is everlasting – Psalm 135(136):1-3, 16-18, 21-22, 24.

‘So they are no longer two, but one flesh.’

The response to the psalm ‘his love is everlasting’ is translated in another place as ‘his mercy endures forever.’ This meeting of love and mercy is a helpful prism for understanding Jesus’ teaching about divorce, marriage and celibacy in today’s gospel.

Jesus affirms that a loving and faithful marriage is a manifestation of the kingdom of God. This being said, it is God’s faithfulness in accompanying us as human beings is the ground on which any of our human faithfulness may be built. Be it living out our commitment to God within a religious community, within a searching or dedicated single life, or with our beloved, we all draw upon the inexhaustible spring of God’s love and mercy. This living water gives us what we need to thrive, to hear the call to fidelity in our own circumstances, and to respond generously how we can.

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