From today’s Gospel:
Jesus said “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, ‘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, let no man separate.”
Marriage between a man and a woman is the subject of very much debate at the moment, particularly in western society. These words of Jesus are certainly relevant to that debate.
It might be a useful exercise to simply go over these words of Jesus and try to let them sink in. I read recently in a book (Be a Man: Becoming the Man God Created You to Be!) by American priest Father Larry Richards, that during his time in seminary, he was encouraged by a nun to read over a small piece of text from the Bible and to do it over and over again. Father Larry says that he often reads over a small piece of Bible text for perhaps an hour and that it often only sinks deep into his heart after about 50 minutes.
Perhaps we can’t spare a full hour to an exercise like this but maybe we can spare at least five or ten minutes just to read, and re-read the above text. Pope Francis has often stressed the importance of making the Word of God a bigger part of our lives and has encouraged us to read it more often. At Scots Catholic we are going to gradually encourage this concept of repeated reading of sacred scripture in the months ahead and hopefully it will become a regular part of our daily routine. It’s not easy and in our busy world time is precious, but perhaps some of what we read will be absorbed deep into our hearts and we will be filled with great joy. It is the Word of God after all.