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Friday 19th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings

Friday 19th Week of the Year

Matthew 19:3-12.

May the Lord show his mercy on all who are struggling in their marriage and may all who experience divorce also experience his healing.

Through a parable, Jesus taught us
how incredibly gracious is God’s mercy!

His mercy is open to all people everywhere and in every situation.

And so St. Matthew follows this story with a question
from the Pharisees about divorce.


Jesus ate with sinners hung out with sinners and forgave their sins.

So to test the greatness of his merciful heart,
they brought up the issue of divorce.

The Pharisees had their “acceptable reasons” for divorce.


What were Jesus thoughts on divorce?

Did he grant a divorce as Moses granted it?

So our Lord asks them what our Creator’s original intention was
when he made them male and female? (Genesis 1:27 and 2:24.)


The answer: a person leaves mother and father,

and the two are joined to become one flesh.

They understood the flesh to mean the whole person.

Man and wife become one person.

“Therefore, what God has joined, man must not separate.”


Jesus offers his community, the Church, the grace-filled ability
to keep their commitment to God and each other in marriage.

He raised to a Sacrament the commitment a married couple makes to each other.

The Sacrament of Marriage embodies the commitment of love
that God has always made with his people from the call of Abraham.


We see how marriage in our time
is becoming more and more an option
and not the way people commit their lives to each other.

In this atmosphere, a person becomes disposable
like a computer or a car or a phone.


Many couples live together to test their love
rather than commit their love to each other marriage.

Perhaps they don’t know that there is a way
to commit their lives to each other.

Also, many people are no longer able to suffer through difficulties.


They work hard at keeping their commitments,
but some problems become complicated and are not resolvable.

Let us pray the mercy of the Lord
rest upon the hearts of troubled marriages
and in the hearts of those
who no longer can commit their lives to each other.

May the Church open her arms to all who are suffering
and who have divorced?

We pray that we may have the grace
to struggle with them through their healing.

And may our Church continue to find ways
to support the commitments that man and wife
make to each other in their wedding vows.

May the Lord bless our society with his commitment to love and mercy.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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