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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/081718.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.”

Sounds like today. I want what I want, and it does not matter if God has ordained and created it the way it should be. We want to change God’s laws to suit the way we want to live. The Church acknowledges that there are valid reasons for divorce and it has a process. But people do not want to acknowledge they made a mistake or they just cannot be bothered. This applies to all of Church teaching. It is based on the will of God – not man – but many do not want to live by that. How do you live?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you gave us laws to live by and I rejected them. You waited for me, gently calling my name until I came home. I now know that without these laws, chaos reigned in my life. Thank you for giving me back my life in you, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

You have turned from your anger.

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