Friday, August 17, 2007

Male and Female

And there came to him the Pharisees tempting him, and saying: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? Who answering, said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female? And he said: For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh.

Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away? He saith to them: Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery. His disciples say unto him: If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry.

Who said to them: All men take not this word, but they to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mother's womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it.
Matthew 19:3-12 (Douay-Rheims)


Dear Father you made us male and female where we become united, yet we tend to be sinful in nature. It's not hard for us to do today, to look upon another where we see all sorts of enticement ranging from skimpy clad, to what we see on the television with naked people in front of our eyes. Our thoughts alone have gone astray when we are constantly confronted with pleasure of all sorts that turn us away from God and those whom we have chosen to unite with. We lost the sacredness of God's Word in how we should see and hear and live. Some live the Word of God and chose to be part of the Kingdom of God, some not. It's hard in this day not to commit adultery when we see so much that turns our thoughts away from God. It isn't just the physical act that tears us away, but how we think too in regards to how we look upon another human being. Dear Father may we seek your Word and keep our minds pure in thought when we look upon another human being and see them as our neighbor whom we love rather than lust after. May we keep the vows we make when we unite with those whom you have chosen for us. The bond between husband and wife where children come from the unity and bring us ever closer to your loving kingdom. Amen

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