Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time ‘c’
Jesus said in reply: “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female? And He said: 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, man must not separate.” We often tend to forget that a married couple becomes like one flesh: if one suffers, the other suffers too; if one is happy, the other rejoices as well. Two people become one flesh, and so no one should separate them. Unfortunately, many young people tend to forget these important words after hearing them during the ceremony on their wedding day, and they end up going their separate ways. Obviously, there is a difference when the marriage was invalid, or one person takes advantage of another -- then we can’t speak of one flesh. Think about your body. If one part is ill, then you would try to do everything to fix it. But if it can no longer be fixed, then it may need to be separated, so the rest of the body won’t suffer. This is what Jesus is teaching us today --two become one flesh, and if a challenge comes their way, they need to try to fix it and make it well again.