August 18 2023: Bible Verse of the Day – Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B – What God Has Joined Together, Man Must Not Separate – Matthew 19:3-12, Mark 10:1-12
For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?Matthew 19:3-12, Mark 10:1-12
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”
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Today’s Bible Verse of the Day Reflections
Today, Jesus teaches us about the importance of the institution of marriage. Marriage is one of the things that cause so much joy to some and so much pain to others. It is an institution that was blessed by God from the beginning of time.
When God created Man, He gave him the strengths of man and when He created the woman, she was given her different strengths too.
So, with each one’s strength, God intended a man and a woman to come together and complement and supplement each other and make one very strong institution of a family.
It is in this family, that God intends to breed and rear His creation in the best way possible. When the father and mother are present in the family the children tend to grow wholesomely with the best support.
But when one parent is absent or even all, the children grow up with some sort of moral and psychological deficiency which may hinder them from doing God’s work in the best way possible.
When Jesus says that the man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and become one flesh, He means that the institution of marriage is supposed to be in congruency all the time, it is supposed to work like the different body organs in a human being.
The husband and the wife are supposed to live in harmony despite their different strengths and upbringing.
Just the same way the head cannot function without the neck and the neck without the head, so is man and woman in the institution of marriage.
Jesus rubber-stamps the fact that marriage is not an institution invented by man, but an institution invented by God.
So when man and woman decide to get married, they have to first seek blessings from God and finally solemnize the marriage in the presence of the Lord, in the Church.
Jesus also warns us that whatever God has put together in marriage, let no man or woman ruin it. So, anybody who intends to deliberately and maliciously put asunder any lawful marriage union, then he/she will face the full wrath of God.
Let us safeguard the institution of holy marriage with all our might and strength as it is a God-sent institution.
God intends that we may live together with our wives and husbands all the days of our lives doing God’s work that He has assigned to us inside the marriage and in other places too.
Prayer: Lord God, we are facing so many challenges in our marriages. The institution of marriage is being attacked from all corners by the forces of the evil one. Give us Your Grace and strength to overcome all these challenges and may our marriages stand. In Jesus’ Name, I Pray and believe. Amen.
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