May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Max Kolbe

Learn more about St. Maximillian Kolbe: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=370

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/081415.cfm

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?” He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator 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, man must not separate.” They said to him, “Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?” He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery.” His disciples said to him, “If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” He answered, “Not all can accept this word, but only those to whom that is granted. Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.” 

How can we deny what Christ tells us on marriage? We try to change God’s law but we cannot. He is telling us that male and female were made to marry and those who cannot or choose not to, remain unmarried. We cannot pick and choose what we want to believe. We must obey His laws. He also said that not all can accept it and it is obvious in today’s world that many will not and they try to force it on those who believe in God’s word. Who do you follow? The world’s word or God’s word? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe in the word that you have proclaimed. I pray that the world will hear your words and follow them. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

His mercy endures forever.

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