FEBRUARY 12 SUNDAY 6A WORLD MARRIAGE DAY.
Fr Sylvester had invited couples to witness on this day during the homily and share their relationship, for their own sake, their children and as examples in the community. Joe and Tracy, who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary shared,”Being apostles has not been our own choice but it is God who chooses us in our unworthiness and makes us worthy. We experienced that calling from God, a call to unity and to deeper faith and love for one another and through that for God.”
Fr Sylvester continued reflecting on the gospel of the day. “Matthew’s uses the words, ”It was said, but I say……” the Law of Christ is not like man-made laws possibly arrived at through a referendum, by consensus or determined by the ruling party in power. The law of Christ goes deeper, it is a law given by love and lived out in tenderness, love and mercy. Jesus uses very strong words referring to faithfulness, adultery and divorce. Difficult pastoral challenges relating to marriage were considered by the Synods on the Family and by Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia. He did not make changes in Church teach but proposed a more merciful view, careful discernment with pastors and decisions to be made in conscience. Discuss these issues of divorced and remarried people being barred from Communion, cohabitation and same sex unions too with one another and especially with young people who will hopefully consider marriage in the future. Help one another to see that ideally marriage should be built on the power of love and not the love of power.”
It was said whoever divorces his wife let him giver a certificate of divorce. But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife except on the grounds of unchastity makes her an adulteress and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. From Matthew 5:17-37
A SIMPLE MARRIAGE PRAYER. We praise and thank you Father for the gift of love and the gift of our marriage. Help us in good times to be thankful and in hard times to depend on your loving care for us. May we trust in your desire for our marriage to be a sign of love and of Jesus present in our lives and in the world around us. We ask this through the power of the Spirit and in Jesus’ name. Amen,.