27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A. Mensah 

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B by Fr. Isaac A. Mensah

First Reading: Genesis 2:18-24
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 128:1-2,3, 4-5,6
Second Reading: Hebrews 2:9-11
Gospel: Mark 10:2-16 or 10:2-12

Theme: ‘Two Are Better Than One’

Introduction:

The idiom, ” it takes two to tango” simply means that a situation or argument always involves two people and they are both therefore responsible for it. This underscores the very core of human nature; that man was created to be in relationship and thus man is a relational and communal being. This is exactly what our readings of today highlight.

Explanation of the text

In Genesis 1, God had repeatedly said that everything was “good.” In Genesis 2, God surveys his emerging horticultural experiment in Eden and senses something is “not good.” God observes, “It’s not good that the man should be alone” (2:18). God’s discovery highlights what is fundamental to human nature and human flourishing: humans are social creatures who thrive in close and intimate relationships with others.

Thus, God resolves to make for the single human “a helper [Hebrew: ezer] as his partner.” A “helper” in the Old Testament is not a subordinate but one who may be an equal or sometimes even a superior to the one who is being helped. In fact, God is often called a “helper” to humans in need (Psalm 10:14; 54:4). God’s first experimental attempt to resolve this deficit of community is to create an array of wild animals, birds, and domestic animals as possible soul mates for the human. The animals are interesting, but none of the animals fully resolves the ache and void of human loneliness. And so at last God created for the man a suitable companion.

But human beings became rebellious and revolted against God who made them to be communal. They chose to live selfishly and individually. This brought about division and separation. It is this same issue that the Pharisees in our Gospel try to trap Jesus with. The Pharisees question Jesus about the lawfulness of divorce. Under specific conditions, divorce was an accepted practice among the Jewish people during the time of Jesus. It was regulated by the Law of Moses, as found in Deuteronomy 24:1-5. This law only permits that a husband may divorce his wife if he finds her to be indecent. This is the justification that the Pharisees reference when Jesus inquires about the commandment of Moses.

In reply, Jesus quotes from the Book of Genesis and counters that God’s original intention was that men and women would become one flesh in marriage. Jesus describes the teaching of Moses as a concession made to God’s original intention because of human stubbornness. But God considers stubbornness so great a sin that He included what seems today to be an overly-harsh punishment for a stubborn and rebellious son ( cf. Deuteronomy 21:21). Stubbornness and defiance of God and His ordained authority is a serious offense.

Another word for stubborn is obstinate which carries the nuance of unrepentant. There is reason why there is separation, acrimony, divorce and dissension among us is because we have become too obstinate. In other words we have hardened our hearts that we cannot simply forgive one another. Being in relationship means that we are going to offend one another and therefore if it does happen let us learn to forgive and move on. Remember there is no perfect family and no perfect relationship because man is simply not perfect. We are all struggling to be perfect.

Source

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