Prayer Reflections for October 7 2018
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“This one, at last, is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called ‘woman, ‘
for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”
That is why a man leaves his father and mother
and clings to his wife,
and the two of them become one flesh.
We see the meaning of Marriage in the readings today. We have to understand the origin of the Marriage at the time of Creation. The union of man and woman is the part of creation. We see in Genesis, Man and woman are formed with each other’s flesh and Bones. This symbolises the equality in dignity between Man and Woman. This union is called Conjugal love, so a man or Woman automatically fall in love to each other without any fear or pressure from others and come together in free will to live together in love and harmony.
A pressurised or a marriage forced upon on another person without his or her consent cannot fulfil the complete union of love, the church looks in to these kinds of marriages which do not fulfil the purpose of marriage and nullifies those marriage as if these marriages did not exist or happen. Church do not look at whether the marriage was arranged by their parents or guardians or self-chosen partner, but main purpose of the marriage is mutual consent and free will. This is the reason Church do not permit Child marriage. A Baptised adult Christian who is matured enough to exercise his or her free will can be considered as an eligible adult for a Christian Marriage. The Church also looks at undignified marriages of discrimination caused due to various reasons of life and it is impossible to live together in love & harmony.
A divorce or a separation of husband & wife is against natural Law or moral Law. The morality of Natural Law has been implanted in every human being and the voice of God echoes in every Conscience whenever there is injustice to self or to each other. Divorce is a great injustice to oneself, other person and to the society. This tears God’s original plan in our lives and draws in to the desires of our sinful flesh, World and Ego. God’s blessing to multiply and rule over the Earth gets disrupted and chaos and dis harmony created among children , families and friends.
The culture of divorce is demonic and Worldly controlled by Sin. Every marriage is divine union of God’s love. So, the marriage is a purifying or sanctifying activity through out our life. A divorce is tearing one body or separating flesh and bones from one body in to pieces. A divorced Couple cannot live in the presence of God and the guilt of Sin haunts them every moment of their life. God’s mercy is greater than human Sin, so the Church calls all the Divorced couples for reconciliation and once again to get united to the Body of Christ. Church does not permit divorce but does not renounce divorced couples from the Church blessings.
Divorce is a grave sin like abortion which kills the humanity and passes a curse of Sin to the next generation. This is Sin against the Holy spirit and thus unpardonable. God and his mercy can not be taken for granted though it is available without limit. Divorce destroys the family life, the parents who are ambassadors of God’s love to their children become ambassadors of lust, dominion and power. Most of the crimes and addiction come from the deserted children of these families. The Evil looks for a chance to destroy family life and divorce is the one of them.
Homosexuality is the consequences of Sin of Adultery committed by our ancestors. When we do not live union with the natural Law, the artificial and self will Law start working in our lives and gets passed on to our next generation. This is called Homo Sexuality. A person does get attracted to the opposite sex which is un natural and does not feel that the opposite sex is flesh of flesh and bone of bone which is contrary to the original plan of God and Creation. But complete union with Christ in Baptism will wipe out the passed-on consequences of Sin and bring healing and deliverance to every Homosexual Bother and Sister. We need to pray for these brothers and Sisters and give more concern & Christian love to them because they suffer for no faults of theirs.
Today specially realise the gift of our second half and accept them from the Hands of God. Let us reconcile for not treating each other with love and dignity. Also understand that the Marriage is not a coincident but the plan and part of creation. Also realise that Christian marriage comes with a package of blessings of the original paradise Love, Joy, Peace, Patience and presence of God the Heaven or family on this Earth. Thus families are called living or domestic Churches of Christ. Christ lives in the Church building in Symbolically in the form of Host but he lives in Spirit in the family relationship of love.