13 Aug Fri, 19th Week in Ordinary Time. Ss Pontian, pope and Hippolytus, priest

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Josh. 24:1-13 / Ps. 135:1,2,3,16,17,18,21,22,24 / Mt. 19:3-12 (Ps Wk III)

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Joshua was getting old. He wanted to make sure that Israel remained faithful to the covenant with God, so he gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem. He reminded the people of all that God had done for them. God had brought them out of Egypt through the wilderness to the land which God had promised to them. Joshua wanted the people to remember God's faithfulness and renew their covenant with God - to promise to be faithful to the God of Israel alone.

Some Pharisees came to Jesus to question him about divorce. At that time, different groups of Pharisees permitted divorce but on differing grounds. Jesus knew that this question was asked to trick him, so he shifted the discussion from the legality of divorce to grounds for divorce. Divorce was not God's original intent, but Moses allowed it because of the people's hardheartedness. Jesus concluded by saying that unchastity is the only acceptable reason for divorce. Jesus admitted that not everyone could accept this teaching. When questioned by the disciples, Jesus added that celibacy was an option but only voluntary.

Lord, help me to be faithful to You.   

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8月13日 ( 五 ) 常年期第十九週

若蘇厄書 24:1-13
聖詠 136[135]:1-3,16-18,21-22,24
瑪竇福音 19:3-12

秉持合法婚姻的單一性和神聖性一直是天主教的傳統。單一性是指一夫一妻制;神聖性是指天主所結合的,人不可拆散。符合教會法的婚姻是受天主保護的,除非夫婦二人其中一位辭世,否則任何一方不得因任何理由離婚改嫁或再娶。此外,婚姻的目的不是為了滿足一己的性欲望,而是為了繁衍人類,參與天主的持續性創造工程。

然而,許多現代人追求物質和個人享受,遲遲不結婚。有些即使結了婚卻不願生兒育女,怕要付出,怕影響工作上的晉升等等。各大城市的離婚率不斷攀升,被天主祝福和保護的婚姻,竟也難逃厄運。雪上加霜的是,基督徒同性戀群體近年也開始慢慢壯大,影響了部分教友對傳統婚姻的正確認知。

主,求祢保守面臨破碎的婚姻,修復夫妻之間的傷與痛,使他們重新燃起對彼此最初的傾慕和愛戀。

(theology.org.hk)
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