The Two Shall Become One

Today’s Gospel and homily were quite interesting.

2 The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” They were testing him.

3 He said to them in reply, “What did Moses command you?”

4 They replied, “Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her.”

5 But Jesus told them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts 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 Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”

10 In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.

11 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.”

13 And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.

14 When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

15 Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”

16 Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.

Mark 10:2-16

Father Felipe followed that with a most enlightening homily. Fritz, on the altar, picked up on it. Even Beetle upstairs with the choir acknowledged the topic.

The two shall become one. God will help.

I converted to Catholicism in 2005 in order to have our marriage blessed by the Catholic Church. I’ve made a considered effort to be a Catholic until the divorce. I now recognize that despite all the pronouncements, the Catholic faith was not something practiced within my family nor the congregations I was in.

The two shall become one. I internalized that within my marriage. God will help.

No one ever offered any counseling within the church. No one ever asked, “How are things.” No one stated they would pray.

Our troubles were public. Our troubles were deep. The Catholic Church and my ex-wife turned their backs to the situation and kept on doing business as usual . . . hand out telling me I could continue to pay for the lousy service.

The two shall become one. That never happened.

There was a priest laying it out as plainly as could be.

The Catholic of the family does not attend the church she married her first husband in. Nope, but her non-believing second husband shows up thrice monthly with their children. He even has his atheist daughter proclaiming the Word of the Lord in song with the choir.

There was never one in the marriage. We had to keep appearances, but it was in name and check only. Yeah, I had to pay the fee to release her from her first husband for this lousy service. It’s quite a business they have put together.

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