Monday, October 29, 2012
Marriage and Divorce
A reading from St. Mark’s Gospel (10:1-12):
Jesus set out from there and went into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them. The Pharisees approached 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 him to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.” But Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” In the house the disciples again questioned him about this. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
There is a huge hurricane approaching so I call you all to pray hard so that it will disappear and only bring us some rain. Pray that the winds will die down.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“I call you to forgiveness My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters spread throughout the world. How can you truly love your brothers and sisters if you do not forgive them for the wrong they have done to you? There are so many divorces today for the simple reason that the partners cannot forgive one another. In that case their love is not a genuine love for forgiveness is part of love. Look what I did before I died on the cross: I forgave all those who killed me with these words, ‘Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.’ So husband and wife should forgive each other every evening for hurting the other. In this way their marriage will last until death. You know divorce only causes more pain and if they remarry they commit a grave sin against Our Father in heaven. My commandment I gave you is this: Love one another as I have loved you. I bless you all.”