July 19, 2024

When Moses came to the people and related all the words and ordinances of the Lord, they all answered with one voice, “We will do everything that the Lord has told us.”
Moses then wrote down all the words of the Lord and, rising early the next day, he erected at the foot of the mountain an altar and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel. (Exodus 24:3-8)
Corpus Christi is translated as the Body of Christ. The Solemnity of Corpus Christi must remind every Christian to look at their life in the Body of Christ.
We intentionally hurt the body of Christ because of personal and social sins. We add wounds to his body because we do not listen to him. We deepen his wounds because we do not obey him and his words.
We must not break the Body of Christ by our pride, selfishness, and sinfulness. There are many moral and spiritual issues breaking into the doors of the church, families, government, and communities.
The moral and spiritual issue on divorce is alarming. If we do not stand for the truth and go against the legalization on divorce, we also sin. Hence, the sin of omission.
Objectively, divorce is a violation of God’s will and command. We cannot take the issue on divorce as relative and personal. Since marriage is a sacrament of God it speaks about the indissoluble union of a couple. It also speaks about the agreement of two unequal parties, that is, God and men.
And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. (Genesis 17:7)
Marriage is not solely a contract. Contract is an agreement of two equal parties that can be written and signed on a piece of paper dubbed as marriage contract.
Due to human reasons, people will disobey the law of God. Materialism, hedonism, and utilitarianism are human ways of thinking and ways of life that seemingly is pushing humanity to ignore and reject values, virtues, and eventually the presence of God.
So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19: 6)
Why did Moses allow divorce?
Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. (Matthew 19:8)
Divorce is not just a legal and practical issue. It is more than that. It is moral and spiritual issue because God designed marriage in his love. God did not will, plan, and decide couples to separate or divorce but to multiply and be blessed.
It is not the church prohibiting divorce. It is clear from the start. It is God who prohibits divorce. So, let us not hate the church. The church is just generating the commandment of God.
The Tower of Babel was a story of pride and disobedience. The people suffered for their disobedience and sin.
Some government leaders, senators, lawmakers are reviving the Tower of Babel event. They ignore the voice of God and his teachings and they cling to their human powers.
To legalize divorce due to many reasons is gaining more support in the country. But the Catholic Church remains strong in her stand against divorce.
The Catholic Church is being blamed as inhuman and irrelevant for opposing the legalization of divorce. The church is disliked and mocked for her strong stand. But it has to be made clear, it is not the church. It is God’s plan, will, and law that a woman and man should be one and no man should separate what he has put together.
Let us listen to God and not to the world and the worldly. The devil is cunning. His deceptions and temptations will surely work if we don’t pray more.
If we ponder deeply on the first miracle of Jesus, we will better understand his will about marriage. Jesus will always intervene on marital and family issues. Jesus will always make miracles to save relationships especially marital and family relationships.
Trusting too much on human capacity and ignoring God is prevalent in the planning, decision making, and implementation. The sense of God and the sense of His presence are getting lost.
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