Hi all! Here at Motivate2Inspire we are starting a new series where we take a dive into each mass on Sunday and get a variety of opinions on what the mass said to us. Anything from the first or second reading to the Gospel reading are open for interpretation and it is interesting to see how many of us have different ideas and different ways that we interpret what is communicated to us. The following are some opinions that should help in your weekly reflection of the word. Feel free to leave comments or to even join us on a weekly basis as we continue to explore our faith and provide our motivating and inspiring thoughts!
[one_half]Reading 1 – Gn 2:18-24
The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a suitable partner for him.”
So the LORD God formed out of the ground
various wild animals and various birds of the air,
and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;
whatever the man called each of them would be its name.
The man gave names to all the cattle,
all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;
but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.
So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man,
and while he was asleep,
he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib
that he had taken from the man.
When he brought her to the man, the man said:
“This one, at last, is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called ‘woman, ‘
for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”
That is why a man leaves his father and mother
and clings to his wife,
and the two of them become one flesh.[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Reading 2 – Heb 2:9-11
Brothers and sisters:
He “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels, ”
that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated
all have one origin.
Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them ‘brothers.'[/one_half_last]
Gospel – Mk 10:2-16
The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked,
“Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?”
They were testing him.
He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?”
“Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her.”
But Jesus told them,
“Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment.
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
So they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.”
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.
He said to them,
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
she commits adultery.”
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
“Let the children come to me;
do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to
such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it.”
Then he embraced them and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.
Student at the University of Notre Dame
Father V in his homily gave some really important reminders about Church teaching. Nowadays, the Church seems to be a Church of no’s: no sex before marriage, no homosexual acts, no contraception, no in vitro fertilization, no abortion. This Sunday’s Gospel seems to be another example of that: no divorce.
But the Church only says no so that we can truly say yes to God. The Church says no so that we can truly love each other. True love and true commitment in a marriage cannot exist if the possibility of divorce ever looms before us, if we know that at any moment our partner (or we) could opt out of a marriage if it doesn’t seem to be working. The same goes for everything else the Church seems to be saying “no” to: Our bodies (and our souls) become cheap if we give ourselves in sex to someone else before marriage; the consummation of marriage is the possibility of children, which is a biological impossibility for homosexual acts and which is destroyed by contraception, in vitro fertilization, and abortion.
It seems the Church puts restrictions on us. But in reality, she is fighting off the forces in our world today that would prevent us from understanding what true love is.
Creator of Little Change Big Difference
How appropriate were these readings. I know that the Gospel is always meant for everyone to hear but whenever I go to mass I feel that God is always trying to tell me something directly. This past week, Michael and I attended pre-Cana classes in which we obviously talked about marriage and giving to each other and giving ourselves to each other. So how appropriate was it that this week’s Gospel was about marriage and giving yourselves to one another and about two becoming one.
In the reading God makes woman from man which is how man and woman can come together and become one. God planned it so that whatever he joined together no one could divide.
Our priest gave us the wisdom to not get discouraged by what we see in the world around us and our experiences and not to settle for what our culture tries to sell us and not settle for a love less than what God made us for. The priest said that this is not a hopeless romanticism but rather fulfilling what God made us to be. I find this so funny because in our pre-Cana classes we take a test and my test says that I have such an idealistic view of relationships and love. These readings and the sermon prove to me that I am not being unrealistic but rather wanting the love that I deserve, that everyone deserves and I am lucky enough that I have found that love.
Father had also said that it is in our very core to not be alone and that at the same time it is so easy to pull back from intimacy. God gave us each the gift of vocations whether that be marriage, religious life and even single life. Our vocations help to draw us out especially when we don’t want to, especially when we pull back from being close to one another. God made us to be a gift to others. Our commitments set us free because we suffer.
Now this made sound weird without any context but as Father explained it, it is fitting that our Savior was made perfect through suffering. Jesus had to come down to Earth and die in order to be resurrected and go to heaven. Jesus had to build that bridge between Heaven and Earth by his dying on the cross. So Jesus suffered in order to open the Heavens up for mankind. In the same way we suffer from love which does not take our life but rather redeems our life. Father called it suffering through love and said that suffering through love helps us see glimpses of heaven.
This truly made me think of how blessed I am because of Michael’s love for me. I know that it’s not easy to take care of me especially with all my illnesses (even my mood alone can be enough) but then let’s add the daily regimen of over 15 medicines and routines a day that Michael has to help me keep track of. I see Michael struggle but I also know he does it all out of love. How blessed am I that I have someone there to share my suffering with and how blessed am I that I truly do have a love that God made just for me.
Michael Lerma (The Lermz)
Creator of Motivate2Inspire
The lessons around the homily for today centered around marriage and divorce. I think today’s lessons were especially applicable to those starting their journey on the road to marriage or for those that might be struggling through issues. There was a lot of good content but here’s a summary of what I interpreted:
– Love lasts forever, its the only thing that does
– In the reading Jesus was so adamant and direct because he wanted to reinforce to the kids in the audience that there was still hope and to live a life of hope
– We can get a taste of what heaven is like by finding the love that God made us to find. We find it in companions and giving to each other. We were not meant to be solitary individuals
– “Don’t get discouraged by what you see around you. Don’t get discouraged by what you have experienced. Don’t buy into lies that the world shows. Don’t settle for anything less than the love you were made for.”
– In keeping ourselves, we lose ourselves, but when we give it away we find our hope
– It’s easy to turn away from the intimacy between individuals
– Marriage is one of the vocations. All vocations place us in a unique relationship with God. It’s meant to draw out everything in us instead of keeping things in
– True freedom is to be who we are (to be a gift to others).
– Commitments liberate us because they draw us out of ourselves
– Suffering on behalf of love is something that doesn’t take away from our lives but instead gives us more meaning. There is a life and love stronger than death and that lasts forever and we get that by suffering and laying out our lives for others.
With these messages it further reinforced the need to keep pushing through in relationships you may have. There will be bumps in the road but these are meant to strengthen you and your significant others faith. By enduring suffering you will see how great love can really be and be closer to Christ.
Guest Author of Motivate2Inspire
Today’s readings clearly spoke about the topic of marriage. The priest told the congregation that instead of speaking from his extensive experience of the subject, he would instead share a few notes about marriage. Here are the top three. Father started off by saying he dreads giving two homilies. The first is on the topic of the Trinity. The Trinity is a subject full of mystery and complexity. It is just not easy for us humans to understand. The second topic he dreads is Marriage. Marriage is a subject full of mystery and complexity. It is a topic that is just not easy for humans to understand. To the next note: When preparing to counsel a couple for marriage, the priest recalled not being really sure about what to tell the young couple so he asked the Janitor. Jim the janitor was an older gentleman and had worked at the church for some time. Father would often see Jim holding hands with his wife walking down the hallways. Father thought Jim would have a unique perspective and asked him what he would tell the young couple. The janitor said that when you are married you will eventually fight. The important thing to remember is when you fight, stay on topic. The last note was about a man who came to another priest and said “I think I don’t love my wife anymore.” “Why do you say that?” asked the other priest. “Well, it’s just not like it was before,” the man said “When we first met my heart would flutter and my knees would bend.” The other priest reminded the man “You have had three kids, been through many trials, and shared many joys together. Love evolves. It can’t always be like the first date sometimes love is just sharing time with close friend.” The priest admitted that the sentiments of his fellow priest may sound mundane, but it what was said was enough to help the man and his “close friend” recently celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.
John and Rose Mijares
Guest authors at Motivate2Inspire
Today’s readings are all about the sacramentality of marriage. It is a difficult teaching especially in
today’s society. The first reading talked about how God created Eve to be a companion of Adam and
fulfill the design of procreation. In the Gospel, when the Pharisees asked Jesus about allowing divorce
as Moses did, it actually is a trick question. They wanted to know how he could explain why Moses
The Church has instituted Sacraments as a way to get us closer to Jesus through grace. The sacraments
are believed to be the channels of grace. For example: Let us take Baptism as a sacrament. One will not
find any reference in the bible about the baptism of children. The adults were baptized in the river and
they are doused in water three times to represent the dying of the evil in the person and the rising of
the new (as he is pulled out of the water) in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
However during the early years of the church, the mortality rate for children is so big and there was
the concern that children will not be saved because they died without baptism. So the church whose
primary task is to bring us closer to Jesus, decided to start baptizing children, so that they too may
receive the outpouring graces that we receive in Baptism.
In today’s gospel, Jesus talked about the sanctity of the sacrament of marriage. Marriage should
not be taken lightly because the bond that is created in the presence of God is designed for a lasting
relationship. In order for people to be strengthened by the sacrament so that they have the grace to
live and have the courage and strength to persevere in its challenges, they need the grace of God.
When difficulties arise, the couples have to get rid of the hardness of the heart that is eating up the
relationship, for this keeps them away from God and the grace that sustains that relationship. The
church once again, conscious of its role of bringing the people close to God analyzes troubled marriages
and irreconcilable differences between couples. The tribunal is not there as a way to earn money for
the church, as some people believe. The church created a tribunal to see how they can help the couples
rid of whatever is causing them to remain distant and which is not allowing them to receive the grace
of God through the sacrament. The dissolution of marriage in the church through this process is yet
another means that the church tries to bring people closer to God and once again restore the graces
that we need to live our faith.