Friday of 19th Week of Ordinary C

Conjugal Love Mirrors the Eternal Love of God

John complains with his friend about his sad love line. There are three moments in my life that I thought that I had love, but I did not, said John. The first one, I loved a neighbor, but she never paid attention to me and never cared for me. “So, that was love, wasn’t it?” his friend replied. No, John said, I was misled to believe that she cared and loved me. Second time, I loved a coworker, but she had no idea about me. She wasn’t there to support me when I was down. She ignored me and went shopping when I was stressed and depressed. “That didn’t seem love neither?” No, John replied. Finally, John said, I met this beautiful and gorgeous lady on a cruise trip. The moment I met her, I was dizzy and stunned at her beauty and elegant. I couldn’t sit nor stand in front of her beauty. “I’m sure that’s finally your love” his friend exclaims. No, John said, I was dizzy and stunned because of seasick.

Many couples couldn’t find happiness and joy in their marriage lives that they asked for a divorce at the time of Jesus. In today’s Gospel, they came to ask Jesus, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?” For any cause whatever. Here are some examples: After living together, a wife didn’t prepare the meal nor cleaned the dishes, a man had a right to divorce. If she didn’t take shower before going to bed, he had a right to divorce her. There were many other rules. Jesus replied to these saying, “What God has joined together, man must not separate.” “Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?” To this, Jesus responded saying, “Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.”

Because of the hardness of the heart that there appeared to have divorce, what’s about us in our modern day? What does it mean marriage in our modern day? Does it mean a contract or a conjugal love? If it’s a contract, it can be broken when the contract is not fulfilled. If it’s a conjugal love, it’s abode that no one nor nothing can separate. A contract marriage doesn’t know to forgive when the contract is broken, but conjugal love learns to forgive one another. Have you seen your marriage as a contract or a conjugal love? Have you ever had any moment in your marriage living in a contract marriage rather than conjugal love of marriage? How would you overcome it? Conjugal love is what God has joined together, no man can separate. May God continue to bless you in your marriage life. May He nurtures your love in your marriage life that your love each day becomes more the eternal love of God.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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