Let no human agency separate what God has joined

Let no human agency separate what God has joined

By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

 James 5:9-12, Mk 10:1-12. In today’s first reading, James challenges us not to grumble at each other. Rather, we need to let biblical examples inspire us to bear hardships and practice patience. Patience and steadfastness are what enable friendship and marriage to survive the cloudy days and reach the sunshine on the other side. Today, we are challenged to avoid swearing about anything, but speak assertively by simply saying “Yes” when we agree and “No” when we disagree. We do not have to pad our answers, but we need to “speak the truth in love” irrespective of the situation (Eph. 4:15).

Much can be lost by simply giving up, and abandoning a love that we have solemnly pledged. Today’s Gospel calls such a broken pledge by the blunt word, “adultery.” Jesus taught that faithful union is what God intended, when He made them male and female: “For this reason a person shall leave father and mother and the two shall become as one… let no human agency separate what God has joined.” Just as Sirach instructs us not to commit lightly or quickly to a friendship, so our Lord says not to disrupt what God has joined.

May the Lord strengthen us to remain honest in our dealings with others! Amen!! Have a wonderful day!!!

 

 

 

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