The Pharisees approached Jesus 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."
by Father Greg Friedman, OFM
Many years ago I had the privilege of working with a number of married couples, presenting weekends for engaged couples. Our programs always included lots of personal storytelling, and I got to hear the wonderful stories of how these dedicated married couples found God through their partner in the day-to-day project of making marriage work.
This Sunday we center on the theme of marriage. Jesus connects a call for fidelity in marriage to our first reading from the Book of Genesis, which describes the creation of man and woman. That connection seems to say that faithfulness in marriage—working hard to make it work—is rooted in our very humanness, in how we are created by God.
Now, there are lots of self-help books and plenty of jokes stressing the differences between men and women. But out of those differences—expressed in many cultures around the world—comes the stuff of which good marriages are made. The stories I heard on those engaged couples' weekends bore witness to that creative work.
In the Gospel of Mark Jesus is busy proclaiming the Kingdom. He wants marriage—the relationship of man and woman—to be part of that proclamation. It is in that most human of institutions—in the nitty-gritty of daily life—that God is at work. Let's celebrate that this weekend.
by Father Dan Kroger, OFM
In the first reading, we read about the creation of woman. Why did God do this? How did God create her?
What does the Letter to the Hebrews mean, in the second reading, by saying that Jesus was made “to taste death for everyone?”
God brings all people to salvation through Jesus, so we are all called his brothers (and sisters). Do you call yourself a brother or a sister of Jesus?
In this week's Gospel, why did the Pharisees ask Jesus about divorce? What did Jesus tell his disciples about the children being brought to him?
by Susan Hines-Brigger
- Parents, write a note to each of your children highlighting all of the things you love about them.
- For one day, put the kids in charge. Let them teach you things that they are good at and you might not be, such as playing a particular game, a dance move, or creating something in the kitchen.