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Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (2013)

Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us a worldwide family. Thank you for loving us so completely. Father we ask that you help us be more open with ourselves and our time to those in your family. Give us a heart that burns to bless and be blessed by those you have made your children. Through Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (May 24, 2013)
Day: Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Sir 6:5-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 119:12,16,18,27,34,35
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Mark 10:1-12
Lectionary: 345
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Mark 10:1-12
1And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again; and again, as his custom was, he taught them. 2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" 3 He answered them, "What did Moses command you?" 4 They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away." 5 But Jesus said to them, "For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation, `God made them male and female.' 7 `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." 10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus explains that Moses permitted divorce as a compromise in view of a lost ideal. Jesus sets the high ideal of the married state prior to those who are willing to accept his commands. Jesus, likewise sets the high ideal for those who freely give up marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Both marriage and celibacy are calls from God to live a sacred life that is to live as married couples or as singles that belong not to themselves but to God. Our lives are not our own they belong to God. The Lord Jesus through the gift of the Holy Spirit gives the grace and the power to those who seek to pursue his way of holiness in their state of life. His grace and power bring freedom, control, and strength to live a life of love, joy, and holiness. Loving Infant Jesus, your call to sanctity extends to all in every state of life. Sanctify our lives as married couples and as singles that we may live as men and women who are holy to you. Make us leaven in a society that disdains lifelong marriage loyalty, chastity, and living single for the Lord.


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