Pastor's Desk: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Welcome everyone. Jesus gives us His teaching on marriage in our Gospel today. The teaching is clear and unambiguous; Marriage is a Sacrament and an institution where a man and woman commit to each other for life. In all my years of preparing couples for marriage I have never met a couple who have not approached the Sacrament of Marriage as a commitment for life and thank God, the vast majority of them succeed in living out that commitment. However, there is the reality that some couples find out after they are married that one or both of them have not understood the reality of the commitment involved. We are very lucky to have an organisation like ACCORD in our diocese that assists couples not only before they are married with their Pre-Marriage courses but also those couples who find that their marriage is in difficulties. For some the answer will be to go their separate ways which is very sad for them. For others, the support of ACCORD can be the saving of their marriage and the meeting of the demands involved in living as one.
Marriage is very much in the news these days with people seeking the introduction of same sex marriages. For the Church, Jesus’ teaching is very clear; Marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Any other union is not marriage. To say that is not to deny that people living together do not have rights to ownership or inheritance, and it is important for civil law to outline those rights. But when it comes to marriage, we need to support the institution that has served us well for thousands of years.