27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2018

27B18.   Genesis 2:18-24.  The Lord said: “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a suitable partner for him.”  God created various animals and birds; “but none proved to be suitable partner for the man.”  Casting “a deep sleep on the man,” “God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, the man said: ‘This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.’” “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh.”

Mark 10:2-16.   When questioned by Jesus, the Pharisees “replied, ‘Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss’” his wife.  However, Jesus recalls the divine authority who established the original inviolability of marriage in the Old Testament so to assert that marriage was never meant to be broken apart. He says: “Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” Jesus proclaims that, if husband or wife divorce and remarry, the second marriage becomes an act of adultery against the first spouse.  On his way to creating a New Covenant, Jesus gradually does away with the old Mosaic Law bit by bit.  In John 13:34-35, Jesus says, “I give you a new commandment: love one another.  As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.  This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Though Jesus reminds every one of the making of woman from man’s rib, he is fundamentally asserting the inviolable sacredness of marriage comes from the love that he has given us which is the measure of the love we must have for one another.  In 1 Corinthians 7:1-40, Paul gives a practical discourse on marriage & virginity in which he makes it clear that, if we choose to daily live by our faith in Christ, i.e., to truly belong to Christ, then we must live in love as Christ is love and not only not break our bonds of marriage but to daily live our marriage in Christ’s love.  For this natural world having sex is for the continuation of the species in the here and now.  For the natural world the concept of eternal love is non-existent because there is no eternity.  Nature just wants to keep things going as long as they can be kept going naturally for just as long as that works.

Hebrews 2:9-11.   “He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin.”  He makes us who are of the flesh of this earth a holy people whom he can call his brothers and sisters.  In 1 Corinthians 15:44, Paul makes it clear that by our union with Jesus that what “is sown a natural body,” “is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one.”  Living just naturally is to be just another animal of this earth; living spiritually is to activate our God-given potential to be children of Almighty Loving Father.