October 8, 2006
Opening Life Reflection
A friend brings out the good in us. With friends we are able to laugh, cry, talk and play. God understands the importance of companionship. Human beings were created to live in friendship with God and one another.
Listening to the Word of God
Read Genesis 2:18-24.
Scripture Discussion Starters
In the gospel reading listen to Jesus teach about marriage.
Read Mark 10:2-12.
• What does Jesus say about marriage?
Today’s first reading describes the creation of all living things as God intended them to be. Man and woman are made as partners. God formed every animal of the field and bird of the air but none of these were fit to be a companion for man. So, God caused man to fall into a deep sleep. While he was sleeping, God removed one of man’s ribs and made it into woman. Woman was formed as a true partner for man. She is bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. This account of creation points out that companionship and the attraction that can exist between two human beings is good and comes from God.
In today’s gospel reading the Pharisees ask Jesus about divorce. Jesus responds with a discussion about God’s purpose in creating man and woman. Jesus describes the union of husband and wife as lasting because the two are united and become one flesh.
In this gospel, Jesus teaches us about the sacredness of marriage. When two people respect, honor and care deeply for each other, when they give unselfishly to one another and forgive each other’s imperfections, their union reflects the very love of God.
Questions for Deeper Reflection
(If you are not going to continue with the doctrinal discussion, proceed to the Gospel in Life.)
Doctrinal Discussion Starters
Catholics believe that married couples by their self-giving to each other share in the very love of God. It is through Jesus that man and woman are capable of being united. The love of man and woman is made holy in the sacrament of marriage, and becomes a sign for the world of God’s everlasting love.
• Describe how some married couples that you know reflect God’s love.
(In your discussion be sensitive to the reality that many children have experienced a divorce in their family. Today’s discussion may also lead to the topic of annulment. The Church believes that some marriages do not represent the kind of intimate union between two people that God intended at the beginning of creation. Therefore an annulment can be granted to those divorced couples whose marriage was never a sacramental marriage.)
The Gospel in Life
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