Pastor's Desk: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted 3rd October 2015 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 4th October 2015 - 27th Sunday OT

Through my work with ACCORD I get to meet many couples at pre-marriage courses. Many have been living together for some time but have now decided to enter into the Sacrament of Marriage. As part of my presentation I ask the couples to focus a little on why they have chosen a Sacramental marriage over a simple civil ceremony. Do they really recognise the part that God has played in bringing them together and now want to enter into a Sacramental celebration or is it simply down to pressure from parents or some other reason?

27th-sunI then ask them to focus on the marriage vows that they will exchange during the ceremony and try to illustrate how intrinsic they are to the celebration of the Sacrament. What exactly does it mean to say ‘for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, all the days of our lives’? For most of them it’s the first time they have ever thought or spoken to each other about the true meaning of the vows they will make on their wedding day.

In today’s Gospel the Pharisees try to catch Jesus out by a question on the lawfulness of divorce. It’s clear that the Law of Moses allowed some form of divorce. It’s also worth noting that the Pharisees said the Law gave the man the right to drop his wife whenever he wished but that his wife had no corresponding right. Jesus is quick to point out that the man had no more right to divorce and marry another than had his wife.

Living out the Sacrament of Marriage is not always easy or plain sailing. God’s ideal is not always achieved. It’s only God’s love that can embrace the failure as tenderly as the success.

Fr. Gerry

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