Thursday 12 May 2016

Friday of Week 19 Year 1

Throughout my ministry, I sometimes come across couples who do not seem to understand the implications of getting married and staying married. Getting married seems the easy part, but staying married is where the challenge lies. As the years go by, the married couple would face many kinds of conflict, difficulties and challenges. But such conflict, difficulties and challenges could be seen as opportunities for the couple to grow and stay strong together, especially if they practice "oneness" in thier married life. What is this "oneness" all about?

In today's Gospel, Jesus reminded the Pharisees and reminds us too: "Have you not read that the creator from the beginning made them male and female and that he said: This is why a man must leave father and mother, and cling to his wife, and the two become one body? They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide." This is precisely the "oneness" that couples need to practice, that is, "the two become one body." When couples stick together in working out conflict, difficulties and challenges, then their "oneness" would enable them to find solutions to such conflict, difficulties and challenges. May our couples remain stuck to each other through thick and through thin, through good times and bad, with help from our lovimg God.

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