Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 10:1-12 – SEVENTH WEEK OF THE YEAR: Friday, 25 May 2018
As Jesus continues His ministry, the subject of marriage arises. To the Jewish practice of prevalent and easy male divorce of women, Jesus refers to the Book of Genesis as evidence of God’s original intention for marriage. Man and woman are to be united in an indestructible bond of love for life.
In our century, this is an unusually difficult Gospel pronouncement. Marriage has never been easy but in a climate of socially acceptable and facile divorce, a text like this demands heroic effort. It fits especially well into the controlling theme of Marks’s Gospel: suffering as a mark of true discipleship. To make a marriage relationship work requires a great deal of effort and pain. It demands a recurrent process of reconciliation.
A vibrant and effective spiritual life is not automatic. It is the result of effort, planning and sacrifice.
Jakarta, 25 May 2018
A Christian Pilgrim