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Dear Sisters & Brothers in Jesus Christ,
This Sunday`s reflection is on the importance of marriage and its validity and sacredness. According to the Law of Moses, the divorce and re-marriage is permissible on certain grounds. The Pharisees saw divorce as a legal issue rather than a spiritual one. But Jesus used this test as an opportunity to review God`s intended purpose of marriage and to expose the Pharisee's selfish motives.
As per the teaching of Jesus, the new Law, divorce is not permissible. Jesus came to fulfill the Law. Bible says, ``from the beginning, God made man and woman to be joined together permanently in marriage; therefore a man is to leave his father and mother, and he and his wife are united, so that they are no longer two, but one. And no man may separate what God has joined together.''
In the Catholic Church marriage is a sacrament. It is ultimately for holiness and sanctification of husband and wife. Sex in married life is intended to make married couples holy and sacred. The future of humanity passes by way of the family and through its offspring we keep on continuing the human race. Marriage is an unbreakable and indissoluble one, and it is grounded and enriched by God`s love (Mt 19:6). In the marriage life, there is joy and hope, transparencies and preservation of life.
Marriage has got a high esteem. Vocation to family life is a lofty and prestigious one. It is a special vocation. It is not simply a human agreement, but God plays a role in the union of the couple - a covenant with God. Marriage is for love and life in the divine plan and love must grow and ripe in it. True family life is the 100% responds to the divine vocation one receives. It implies the willfulness to sacrifice oneself in everyday situation for one's spouse and children. In marriage, God`s love is made known and shared under the Sacramentalized veils of human affection. Every instinct and natural affection here is consecrated to God and becomes a sign of divine love and an occasion for divine grace.
Sex in married life is a foretaste of joys of Heaven and it is a plan not to be a ``kill-joy'' but a ``bring-joy'', a call to be participants in this great event of `Bring- Joy'. St. John Paul 2nd said `` the best gift you can give to your child is to give one more brother or sister to your child''. Knowing the importance of the family life and the upbringing of the children in its divine plan, let us encourage dedicated fair family life in our society and may they find stability and joy in union with Christ. Let all who enter into married life keep the sacredness and indissolubility of marriage. May God bless us all.
In Jesus Christ, Fr. Thomas
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