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*MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE THE CHURCH STAND*

*MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE THE CHURCH STAND*

THE WORD FOR TODAY

FRIDAY, WEEK 19, AUG 16, 2019

“So they are no longer two but one body; what God has joined together, let no one separate” ( MT. 19:6)

We are faced with a very important topic this morning. A big topic that concerns all of us, lay and clergy alike. But we shall make every effort to drive home our point or rather, the point of Jesus on this subject.

You will agree with me that the subject of marriage and divorce is a hot topic and so we experience a lot of break ups as a result of marriage conflict and faithfulness. The point of Jesus this morning rests on the indissolubility of marriage. Meaning that a marriage that is valid which is also a sacrament, cannot be dissolved.

Jesus does not withdraw His hard words on the indissolubility of marriage. Instead He reaffirms His teaching by adding a saying that sounded harsh to His Jewish listeners and we by extention.

There was considerable dispute among Jewish lawyers in Jesus’ time about valid reasons for divorce. That divorce was permitted to the husband( though not to the wife) by Jewish law, was assumed on the basis of Deut 24:1-4. Jesus, however, takes the dispute back to God’s original intention in creation. The scripture clearly states God’s plan regarding the division of sexes in humankind. He made them male and female. In otherwords, they are incomplete beings who need to unite with one another to constitute one human unit.

But more often than not, human beings have not respected God’s plan on marriage majorly for two reasons:
First, a vast majority of men being stronger than women, have acted as owners of their wives( when they are actually equal and incomplete but are meant to compliment each other). For women, adultery has been a crime, but men have felt proud to have many women.

Secondly, people do not know how to love according to the way of God, because they love without God’s love, because they love without giving themselves totally, and because they love only for a time. For God, love and fidelity always go together.

Hence, love and fidelity are the norm of matrimony for husband and wife. There is no other way. Where this norm of matrimony exist, the issue of divorce will not arise. This is the original intention of God in Genesis. Divorce is man-made law, but indissolubility or for better for worse is a divine law.

Untill we begin to see marriage as a divine institution, we will not view it rightly and we will always have the option of divorce in times of conflict or infidelity.

🙏We pray today for those who are into marriage, that God will strengthen their bond with His love and grant them the grace of faithfulness till the end. We pray for those who are planning for marriage for a good discernment

in choosing their spouses. Amen

GOOD MORNING. HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND. SMILE, JESUS LOVES YOU.

BIBLE STUDY. READ AND REFLECT ON ( JOSHUA 24:1:13, MT. 19:3-12)

I WILL ALWAYS PRAY FOR YOU.
FR. FRANKLIN NNAMDI

*BROTHERLY CORRECTION; A DEFINITION OF LOVE

*BROTHERLY CORRECTION; A DEFINITION OF LOVE

*THE WORD FOR TODAY*

WEDNESDAY, WEEK 19, AUG 14, 2019, MEMORIAL OF ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE.

“If your brother has sinned against you go and point out his fault to him in private, and if he listens to you, you have won back your bother… ” ( MT. 18:15).

Our first reading gives us the final chronicle of Moses’ Odyssey. He died without entering the Promised Land. This underscores one of the ironies of life, that great leaders, who work so hard for a cause, often die without enjoying the fruits of their labours.

We have great leaders like Jesus who died before seeing Christianity spread to the four corners of the earth. Martin Luther King Jr had a ‘dream’, but died before seeing the political and social freedom of black Americans. We can go on and on.
How generously do we work for the causes whose fruits we will never enjoy personally?

Jesus shows us in today’s Gospel text how to correct, forgive and reconcile with our brothers and sisters because occasion for conflict will occur. Believers must attempt to settle their disputes among themselves first, before going to legal arbiters( cf. 1 Cor 6:1-8).

The offender must have the spirit of forgiveness and sacrifice. For peace to reign, there must be sacrifice. St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe whose memorial we celebrate today has shown us how to lay down our lives for our fellow brothers and sisters.

🙏Jesus Our Redeemer, may we find true meaning in your words: there’s no greater love than this, that a friend would die for his friend. May St. Maximilian Mary Kobe continue to intercede for us. Amen.

GOOD MORNING. DO HAVE A GLORIOUS WEDNESDAY. SMILE, JESUS LOVES YOU.

BIBLE STUDY. READ AND REFLECT ON ( DEUT. 34:1-12, MT. 18:15-20)

I WILL ALWAYS PRAY FOR YOU.

THE GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN?

THE GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN?

*THE WORD FOR TODAY*

TUESDAY OF THE 19TH WEEK, AUG 14, 2019

” Then Jesus called a little child, set him in front of the disciples, and said, ” I assure you that unless you change and become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever makes himself lowly like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven “( MT. 18:2-4).

Humility is one of the true marks of greatness. If you want to know a humble person, give him power or authority. A leader who cannot mentor others, is not a humble leader. A leader who cannot make others leaders, is either power conscious or a proud person.

If anyone deserves to take the people of Israel to the promise land, that person should be Moses. By all qualifications, Moses deserves it, but God said he will not, Joshua will. Am sure a man of humble character like Moses would be happy when he was telling Joshua not to be afraid that the Lord would go ahead of him as he takes the people across the Jordan. Moses mentored Joshua well. It is a sign of humility. Hence, he is one of the greatest. He did not get there, but he laid the foundation and made the job easy for Joshua.

In similar manner, Jesus says in the gospel, if you want to be the greatest, you must be humble like a child. Your position should be a place of service. You must come down from your high mountain and come to the level of those under you. You must not dwell in an unapproachable place.

We are called to be like Jesus in His humility, ” who though being divine in nature, He did not claim equality with God, but emptied Himself, taking on the nature of a servant made in human likeness.” ( Phil 2:6-7).

Those of us who have made ourselves “gods,” should think twice and ask, who do we resemble, Jesus( humility) or Lucifer (pride)?

🙏A humble and a contrite heart, the Lord will not despise ( PS 50:17). Help me to be humble Lord. Amen

GOOD MORNING. DO HAVE A GLORIOUS TUESDAY. SMILE, JESUS LOVES YOU.

BIBLE STUDY. READ AND REFLECT ON ( DEUT 31:1-8, MT. 18:1-5.10-15)

I WILL ALWAYS PRAY FOR YOU.
FR. FRANKLIN NNAMDI

GOD COMMANDS US BEFRIEND THE SOJOURNER

GOD COMMANDS US BEFRIEND THE SOJOURNER

THE WORD FOR TODAY

MONDAY OF THE 19 WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, AUG 12, 2019

“Love the sojourner therefore; for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” ( Deut. 10:19)

If God is our Father, then aren’t all God’s children our brothers and sisters? This was the point of Moses to the Israelites in our first reading. A true test of one who fears the Lord is seen in his love for strangers or sojourners.

The reading invites us to reflect on how we treat foreigners among us, for we are foreigners too in one way or another, and we are all sons and daughters of the same Father.

In the Gospel, Jesus shows us that we have a civic responsibility and obligation to pay tax. As the Son of God, He was exempt, and ought not to pay tax, but He shows us that it is part of our obligation to the civil society. It is scandalous for a Christian therefore, not to do so.

How responsible are we to the civil society we belong?

🙏Lord, in your mercy and love, help us to love the sojourners among us with the same love we have for our own people, for this is a sign of the fear of God. Help us also to be responsible Christians fulfilling our obligations to the society we belong. Amen.

GOOD MORNING. DO HAVE A SUPER NEW WEEK. SMILE, JESUS LOVES YOU.

BIBLE STUDY. READ AND REFLECT ON( DEUT 10:12-22, MT. 17:22-27)

I WILL ALWAYS PRAY FOR YOU
FR. FRANKLIN NNAMDI