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27 Sunday in Ordinary time

Sunday, October 07, 2018

The relationship between two people, male and female, bound by love from the will of God is completed with the sacrament of matrimony which puts both of them in an eternal perspective. The first reading emphasizes the care of God, who creates a man and who He says should not be alone on the earth. The man does not realize how happy he can be in this community and that he can reach his earthly goals. Nevertheless, the earthly goals of matrimony, such as, a mutual dedication and a bearing of children are not sufficient, because it is lacking an eternal reference of their mutual relationship. This sacrament, through the grace, accommodates the matrimonial couple to the love of God, and leads them together to eternity, allowing them to overcome difficult moments and to manage matrimonial and parental duties. The gospel focuses on the question of divorce which Jewish religion permits. Jesus however did not give way to the hardness of the human hearts which tries to bend the commandments of God. In spite of the Jewish tradition which allowed dismissing the wife for no reason whatsoever, He made a firm statement of the indissolubility of matrimony, as it was at the beginning of creation and in God’s plan. Because, “what God has joined together, no human being must separate”. Otherwise, it is committing adultery which trespasses the sixth commandment of God. It is exactly this commandment which protects and guarantees ascension of the married couple to heaven. The second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews explains what a mission of sanctification, of Jesus in the sacraments is about: through the salvific martyrdom Jesus guides everyone to salvation, sanctifying them that mean giving them the grace to persevere and transforming in the form of Christ in the Holy Spirit.