DAILY MASS READINGS (October 7, 2018)

27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR II, Green)

 

Reading 1 (GENESIS 2:18-24)

A reading from the Book of Genesis

The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a suitable partner for him.”
So the LORD God formed out of the ground
various wild animals and various birds of the air,
and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;
whatever the man called each of them would be its name.
The man gave names to all the cattle,
all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;
but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.

So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man,
and while he was asleep,
he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib
that he had taken from the man.
When he brought her to the man, the man said:
“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.

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6)

R. (cf. 5) May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
your children like olive plants
around your table.
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
May you see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel!
R. May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

Reading 2 (HEBREWS 2:9-11)

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
He “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels, ”
that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated
all have one origin.
Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers.”

– The word of the Lord.

Alleluia (1 JOHN 4:12)

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If we love one another, God remains in us
and his love is brought to perfection in us.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel (MARK 10:2-16)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark

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.”
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 Jesus 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.”
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
“Let the children come to me;
do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to
such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it.”
Then he embraced them and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.
– The Gospel of the Lord.

Or (MARK 10:2-12)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark
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.”
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 Jesus 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.”

– The Gospel of the Lord.
Reflection: Marriage is a covenant given by God that establishes the union between a man and a woman. It originated from our First Reading (Genesis 2:18-24), wherein he created the woman, Eve, from the ribs of the man, Adam, because he willed that man should not be alone. This is the reason why both spouses will leave their parents, and cling to one another, and the two shall become one flesh, meaning united in relationship. Since marriage is holy and sacred, it is also a Sacrament because the union between man and woman is associated with the union between Christ and the Church. But not all marriages turn out to be stable. There is conflict and disputes happening between two parties, even in some cases, with the third parties. That is why there are issues of adultery, divorce, separation, abortion, etc (although separation is allowed only for serious reasons, however, the couples are still contracted to one bond or relationship). The Church is very true to her stand on these things, and she pastorally instructs the faithful, especially partners and couples, about how to protect and respect the sacredness of marriage and the family. That is why in the Gospel (Mark 10:2-16 or 10:2-12), Christ denounces the Pharisees and scribes for forcing Moses and the priests to write the bill of divorce. He states the story of Creation, which is based on our First Reading. And he concludes: “Whatever God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Mark 10:9). So my dear friends, the sanctity of marriage and the family is now in danger. Many have not fulfilled their vows when they were contracted in this union. We could see how God is not happy with what is happening. That is why we must pray for the families and the couples that they may be guided to establish a good livelihood all the rest of their days. And, as an advice to my fellow youth of this generation , may you realize that marriage is a civil and sacred bond, so that when you have partners some day (either male or female), you may faithfully fulfill your vows to your future spouses and your future children. As we journey down this road, let us all respect and protect the dignity of marriage and the family, and uphold the value of the gift of life.

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