August 16, 2013
Matthew 19: 3-12
Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning ‘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 together, let no one separate.”
They said to him, “Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her?” He said to them, “It was because you were so hard-hearted that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery.”
His disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But he said to them, “Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoebox in the top of her closet. She had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about it. For all of these years, he never thought about the shoebox, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.
As the husband was about their affairs, the little old man took down the shoebox and took it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the shoebox. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $25,000. He asked her about the contents. “When we were to be married,” she said, “my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.”
The husband was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the shoebox. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. Full of gratitude, he asked, “Honey, that explains the dolls, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?” “Oh,” the little old woman said, “That’s the money I made from selling the dolls.” (Author unknown
No doubt, marriage has its glorious and not so glorious times. But through it all, love forgives a multitude of sins, and love celebrates the awesome gift of being the beloved of another. Today take that moment to say, “I love you.” And if your spouse has passed on, know that his/her eternal soul still loves you, remembers you, and celebrates you more now than ever before!
Lord, whatever we encounter this day, may it elicit from us a deeper response to our life in you. May our thoughts and behaviors, our duties and our decisions lead us to deepening your life in us. And whatever the opportunity and whatever the challenge, we surrender ourselves to you. We cling to the promise that your presence is constant and your generosity is limitless. We move forward in hope with hands and hearts reaching out to you.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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