October 8, 2006
Junior High Session
Opening Life Reflection
Friendships are for the good of each person. Friends and companions bring great comfort and joy to our lives. 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 today, listen to what Jesus has to say about marriage.
Read Mark 10:2-12.
• What does Jesus teach about marriage?
Today’s Old Testament 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 and none of these were suitable companions for man. So, God caused man to fall into a deep sleep and while he was sleeping, God removed one of his ribs and made it into woman. Man awakes to find woman, his true partner at last, and bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. In this account of creation God creates man and woman side by side as equals. This reading implies that companionship and the attraction that can exist between two human beings is good and God-given.
In today’s gospel reading the Pharisees ask Jesus about divorce. Jesus responds with a discussion about creation and God’s original intentions for 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 reading, 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. Binding oneself to another for life is possible only through the grace of Christ. 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.
• Think of the married couples that you know. How does their union reflect God’s love?
(In your discussion be sensitive to the reality that many young people 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
Connecting to Faith First® Legacy Edition
Connecting to Faith First®