Sermon Notes for Homilists and Religion Teachers. Embargo: Catholics are welcome to read after Noon, Sunday
One day a young man came
to the rectory. He said: “Father, I have been married for two years. I am
thinking of getting a divorce. I don’t
think my wife and I are compatible.
He explained: “My wife is the most
stupid woman in the whole world!” I smiled
with relief and announced: “Mr. Choy, I can assure you that you are
your wife are perfectly compatible .” I explained: “Mr. Choy any man who marries the most
stupid woman in the world must be extraordinarily stupid. You are obviously meant for this woman.” I
was afraid that I may have said something to hurt his feelings. But I looked out the window. I saw him meet his wife outside the church
where she was waiting. He gave her a
big hug and he had tears running
down his cheeks. In
April, they celebrated their marriage anniversary and their forty years of
absolute faithfulness. 
MARK’S PERSPECTIVE: After announcing for the second time his death and resurrection, Jesus addresses some very practical catechetical problems. I suspect that there has been some marriage problems in Mark’s little Roman community.
Mark’s gospel is a handbook for martyrs. Perhaps some married couples in the little Roman community were suffering a daily and living martyrdom because of marriage problems.
Maybe a husband and wife have stopped talking to each other and
making the children sad. Or perhaps some young people in Rome were saying: “Well, I will get married. But if it doesn’t work out I can always get
a divorce.” Or perhaps some young people started living together: “We don’t need a courtship.
Why don’t we just live together for awhile to see if we get
along well ?” So
Mark recalls Jesus teaching on marriage.
GOD’S POINT OF VIEW:
Jesus uses an outlandish illustration. Mr. Wong goes to the doctor and says: “The left
side of my body is having a disagreement with the right side of my body. Doctor, please cut my body in half!”
So the doctor cuts Mr.
Wong in two parts. Try to imagine! Each
side would only be
half a man—hop
ping around on one leg. And of course there would be tremendous pain.
Today, Jesus then says: “In
marriage, a man and
woman become one body.
no longer two
but one body.”
You can’t cut in half this one body created in marriage. Nor can you temporarily paste two halves together without them becoming one body. (Fornication) Of course, many people in Rome and it was a disaster. The disaster not only caused the man and woman personal pain but also affected their children, their children’s children and indeed all of Roman society.
CHURCH’S POINT OF VIEW
#1648 “It can seem difficult, even impossible, to bind oneself for life
to another human being. This makes it
all the more important to proclaim the Good News that God loves us with a
definite and irrevocable love, that married couples share in this love, that it
supports and sustains them, and that by
their own faithfulness they can be witnesses to God’s faithful love.”
It can also happen that married people can remain together but without any love for each other. This, too, is a “divorce of hearts.” We know that Jesus is compassionate to married couples in difficulties. Jesus continues to love deeply those who have entered civil divorces. But he reminds all the married folks and those preparing for marriage that they are entering an
UNBREAKABLE COMMITMENT TO
What kind of support can we at Our
Lady of Fatima give to married couples and our young people
preparing for marriage? When was the
last time this was discussed at a parish council meeting?
Do we, at
our Lady of Fatima ,
spend so much time with programs for the children that we have no time to
minister to their parents?
3. Children when is the last time that you said to your parents?
“Thank-you loving each
other and putting up with each other’s faults all these years.
We are grateful to all
married couples. Because of their
presence in Our Lady of Fatima
community , you
we ask them to stand up! Let us give praise for these examples of God’s
absolute faithfulness here on Cheung.!
TWO WORDS: MARRIAGE FAITHFULNESS
THEME: In marriage, a man and woman promise each other absolute faithfulness.
TEXT: “’Moses allowed us’, they said, ‘to draw up a write of dismissal and so to divorce.”
RESULT: Last week, INTRO TO MASS:
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH:
#1648 “It can seem difficult, even impossible, to
bind oneself for life to another human being.
This makes it all the more important to proclaim the Good News that God
loves us with a definite and irrevocable love, that married couples share in
this love, that it supports and sustains them, and that by their own
faithfulness they can be witnesses to God’s faithful love. Spouse who with God’s grace give this
witness, often in very difficult conditions, deserve the gratitude and support
of the ecclesial community.
consortio 20 )
Chewing, Digesting and
Practicing God’s Word When
the word of God is not chewed and digested, we place it in