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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
What God has joined together, no human being must separate. (Mark 10:9)
Today’s readings could not be more appropriate! This morning, Pope Francis will open the Synod on the Family. For the next three weeks, he will meet with bishops from around the world to talk about the joys and the challenges of family life today. Together, they will ask how the Church can best serve and reach out to all families, no matter their situation. So how encouraging that we hear about God’s power to take two married people and make them into “one body” (Genesis 2:24)!
Yet the Gospel reading brings a note of sadness and challenge since it focuses on divorce and remarriage. Jesus’ words can sound harsh, especially if we have been through a divorce or if a loved one is part of a wounded or broken marriage.
Think about the pain that divorced couples feel. A relationship that began with high hopes has devolved into rejection and pain. What once was “one body” has been torn apart (Genesis 2:24). Does Jesus really sit in condemnation? No. He doesn’t dwell on what went wrong in the past. He wants to meet us where we are and offer us healing and restoration.
If you are divorced, know that Jesus loves you deeply. Think about his encounter with the woman at the well (John 4:4-42). He didn’t condemn her, even though she had been married five times and was living with a man who was not her husband. Instead, he brought her to repentance, healed her, and sent her home to proclaim the good news.
Our Father wants to mend the wounds that happen in every relationship. He wants to reconcile us, transform us, and use us to proclaim his kingdom. So let’s pray for the synod, that the Spirit will help the bishops find just the right way to announce this healing, transforming power of God for every family!
“Jesus, continue to guide your Church. Pour your grace on every family. Let your love flow through us so that we can be your witnesses.”
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