Friday, August 17, 2012

Gospel Reflection

August 17, 2012
By Rev. Fr. Richard Babao (Ecumenical Minister)

First Reading:   Ezekiel 16:1-15, 60, 63 or Ezekiel 16:59-63         
Psalm:             Isaiah 12:2-6     
Gospel:            Matthew 19:3-12                       

3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?" 4 He answered, "Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 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'? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." 7 They said to him, "Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?" 8 He said to them, "For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries commits adultery." 10 The disciples said to him, "If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry." 11 But he said to them, "Not all men can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it."


The Gospel today focused on our commitment to our vocation, whether it be single-blessedness or religious, but great emphasis was given to husbands and wives. No husband should divorce his wife. Those who are meant to accept ought to accept.

God loved Israel so much that He remains faithful to it up to this day, even if Israel has become conceited or self-centered in the past. Such should be the commitment and faithfulness that couples should devote to each other.

Ano man ang maging vocation mo, just be faithful and committed to do good.