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Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Lectionary: 140

October 6, 2018

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 140

Reading 1 Gn 2:18-24

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.

-God’s providence includes providing us with others with whom we can relate.  Sadly, we live in an age where we tend to love things and use people to get them rather than love people and use things to express that love.  Especially since the electronics age, skills for relating well have become underdeveloped.  We have become highly functional, but unskilled in what it takes to connect in life-long relationships of every kind.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6

  1. (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 Heb 2:9-11

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.”

-Jesus is both lord and brother to us.  This level of intimacy and closeness is God’s will for each of us.   There is a false humility that wants to keep God at a distance from us, except when times get rough.  Awareness of God makes it difficult to be sinful.  In fact, every sin begins with an implicit denial of the presence of God.

Alleluia 1 Jn 4:12

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

Gospel Mk 10:2-16

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 tragic reality of divorce has sprung from poor formation in what it means to be a man or a woman, and what it means to love and to keep a promise.  Preparation for marriage needs to begin in infancy so that a love of truth and fidelity might be cultivated.  The words of St Paul (I Cor. 13:2-6) are often quoted at weddings, which is good in itself, but only one who has been working on becoming what love is can be ready for the adventure of marriage.

-The recent news about clergy abuse, as terrible as it is, is also not the only way that folks keep children from knowing and loving Jesus. 

Questions for Discussion & Decision:

  • Am I willing to be what St. Paul describes about love?
  • When do I tend to forget the presence of God? How close am I to God?  What keeps me from bring closer still?
  • Have there been people in my life that have kept me from knowing and loving God?
  • Am I an obstacle to others coming to know and love God?

Let us pray! 

(Psalm 25)

 

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul,

my God, in you I trust;

do not let me be disgraced;

do not let my enemies gloat over me.

No one is disgraced who waits for you,

but only those who are treacherous without cause.

Make known to me your ways, LORD;

teach me your paths.

Guide me by your fidelity and teach me,

for you are God my savior,

for you I wait all the day long.

Remember your compassion and your mercy, O LORD,

for they are ages old.

Remember no more the sins of my youth;f

remember me according to your mercy,

because of your goodness, LORD.

II

Good and upright is the LORD,

therefore he shows sinners the way,

He guides the humble in righteousness,

and teaches the humble his way.

All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth

toward those who honor his covenant and decrees.

For the sake of your name, LORD,

pardon my guilt, though it is great.

Who is the one who fears the LORD?

God shows him the way he should choose.

He will abide in prosperity,

and his descendants will inherit the land.

The counsel of the LORD belongs to those who fear him;

and his covenant instructs them.

My eyes are ever upon the LORD,

who frees my feet from the snare.

III

Look upon me, have pity on me,

for I am alone and afflicted.

Relieve the troubles of my heart;

bring me out of my distress.

Look upon my affliction and suffering;

take away all my sins.

See how many are my enemies,

see how fiercely they hate me.

Preserve my soul and rescue me;

do not let me be disgraced, for in you I seek refuge.

Let integrity and uprightness preserve me;

I wait for you, O LORD.

Redeem Israel, O God!

Prosit!

Fr. John

 

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