Wealth must not be an obstacle to salvation (Mark 10: 17-30)
Have the right relationship with wealth in all areas.
If someone asked you: Are you rich? What would you answer? One of those who own millions in less than a decade said: “I am poor. Others have more. “
Some time ago, a priest who was building a church recalls: “An older woman came and handed me a five-hundred-crown coin with the words: Lord pastor, as much as I can, I will be happy to help build a new church.” the woman said, “Lord pastor, Lord God will take care of me.”
It’s in the human. Temptation? We long to be rich! Among us has never considered the question: If I won a million, what would I do with it? And what is a million? Television already offers a competition where you can win a million. And what about other sessions that arise and disappear, where money spins.
Someone remarked that I guess there has never been so much a person revolving around money and wealth at all as it does today. Here only about need, need, lack of funds.
In today’s Gospel, we hear the sigh of the Lord Jesus: “How hardly those who have possessions enter into the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:23).
In a relatively short gospel, we hear of a man who cannot give up his possessions, and immediately afterward, the apostles ask through the mouth of Peter, “Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed you” (Mark 10:28). it is difficult for those who have possessions to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:23) The event where the young man says of himself that he keeps all of God’s commandments is a lesson to understand Jesus’ words. The young man does not admit to the significant dependence on wealth that Jesus knows about. Yes, the young man asks Jesus, “Teacher, what should I do to encompass eternal life?” And it is wealth that is the young man’s most significant obstacle. That is why Jesus advises him: “Go, sell whatever you have, give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me!” (Mark 10:21)
After the words, the young man left sad. He did not accept Jesus’ counsel. Wealth made him blind. Having good eyesight is not a guarantee of true happiness. Jesus’ words, “How hard it is for those with possessions to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:23), are still relevant. Peter will say, “Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed you” (Mark 10:28).” (Mark 10:30) Jesus does not condemn the rich. Even those with a lot of wealth can be saved if they do not prefer Him to Jesus. There were more rich people around Jesus, and their wealth also served Jesus in public. They served Jesus and the apostles with their possessions (cf. Lk 8: 3). And it was Lazarus and his sisters who welcomed Jesus with the apostles in their house. Also, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.
Conversely, there may be the poor who can sin in their poverty. When one fails to take the right attitude toward wealth, Jesus speaks of difficulties, and finally uses the analogy: “It is easier for a camel to pass through the ear of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25). The right attitude towards fleeting values. Wealth often becomes a danger of not accepting God, rejecting faith. Such wealth closes the door to the kingdom of God. They desire to live only on earth, to live on earth forever. In one sentence, Jesus will give Peter and the apostles the radical truth of the doctrine, which all must give way on earth for Jesus and the Gospel. They are the closest people and precious and valuable things; it is even necessary to endure persecution for God’s kingdom. Jesus assures that whoever can do this will receive more from God here and on earth and eternal life in the age to come. Such following of Jesus is faithful following. The rich young man kept the commandments in many ways from his youth, but not in one. And Jesus asks those to whom he wants to give much on earth and after death in eternal life to keep all his commands. The apostles sensed that the way to salvation was not easy.
One of the wealthiest people, John Rockefeller, once said to his friend, “Do you know who the poorest person on earth is? He who has nothing but money.” Władysław Fedorowicz also said: “Without wealth, power is lacking for happiness, and wealth is even more damaging for happiness.” Deplorable buyers are those who can sell God, faith for temporary things, fame, career, power, status, money… If they do, they cause themselves the most harm. Jesus warns such, saying, “What shall it profit a man, if he should gain the whole world, and harm his soul ?! Or for what does a man exchange his soul?” (Mt 16:26)
Jesus also shows his love for us in these words. Although they may be difficult for someone and sometimes challenging to understand, it is still correct that we pay attention to them. If we want to be true Christians, it is not enough to keep only the commandments of the Ten Commandments because a faithful Christian keeps all the words of Jesus. Such a Christian, out of love for God, can do more than what he must. The Christian not only preserves but indeed follows Christ. The Christian does not ask what he must keep, but the Christian is nothing, and no one stops on the way to God. Therefore, the relationship to Wealth must not be an obstacle. The believer does not accept egoism and everything connected with it, but renounces it. An egoist is a slave and cannot be a happy man, and not a Christian at all. Because his Wealth is worthless, light as down, he has no value for the kingdom of God. It is time to put Jesus’ words into practice.
Because not everyone can dream as a rich man, who has been told that he died suddenly and found himself in heaven, like everyone present, he was told that if they wanted to eat, they must first pay for the food. The price for the food was meager, which made the rich man happy. There were many buffets. However, when he wanted to pay for the food with the money he took from the earth to heaven, he was tactfully warned that it was not paid by the cash he brought from the planet but by the money he distributed. The rich man grew sad, and he realized he had empty hands. How happy this man was that it was just a dream! But the plan also helped. He changed.
Why don’t we change? We postponed the correction to Wealth what all takes precedence over God! One also works on Sundays because he doesn’t have enough, even if he doesn’t have to. Another, although he can already go to church, does not go because it is easier to sleep on a Sunday morning. Another has become accustomed to living without God and has forgotten whether he does not want to accept that there is another time, that he has gained years in his life, that even diseases are reported more… Wealth often kills God in the human soul. First, he robs a person of sight, does not want to see God, robs him of hearing, does not want to hear God in conscience, and then his hands, feet, and head do what he would never have done before believing in God. The rich want more and more. Therefore, he postpones the correction tomorrow for a year… Wealth makes a man a fool. People laugh at him, and he can’t see it, he can’t hear it, he doesn’t want to listen to it, he can’t, he can’t anymore – The rich man has a lot – and he has nothing. From such a life, protect, save, deliver us, Lord.
The woman in front of the camera, when she won a more significant amount of money, declared that she was a believer and would give half to build a church in their village. When, after a year, the journalist asked the priest if the woman had fulfilled what she had promised in front of the camera as a believer, the priest sadly stated: “She gave only one percent of the winnings to the church,” and after a moment of silence he added:”
Let’s answer: Don’t we have an unhealthy view of Wealth? Aren’t we also dependent on Wealth? How do we prevent ourselves from becoming slaves, egoists of earthly things? We pray for the strength to persevere in temptations; let us pray for common sense, thank you for protection and example.
It is not easy to define prayer. We read many definitions of prayer from the Father Church. Suarez tried to collect and appoint them. Some of them are not exact definitions, but only an emphasis on some advantage, the benefit that comes from prayer, e.g., when Evagrius said that “prayer is a fear of sorrow.” Therefore, we are always embarrassed to explain in a few words what prayer is. K. Rahner writes: “The Church prays. That is its essence. The complete doctrine of prayer is contained in the life of the Church. That is why, however, explicit and instructive interpretations of prayer are not very comprehensive and very unsystematic. ”
Suarez was a little afraid of this broad life concept of prayer. He reminded him of Wiclef’s division into mental, oral, and life prayer. According to Wiclef, only the third is said to have value, so it is the only one and absolute. Suarez answers him by justifying the threefold concept of prayer: 1. in the broadest sense of the word, it is every good deed; 2. In the narrower sense, prayer is only a good deed of our spiritual faculties, mind, and will, that is, the thought of God and a pious decision; 3. In an authentic and distinct sense, however, prayer is a prayer to God. Eastern authors do not use academic distinctions for the broader and narrower meaning of the word. Still, they speak of prayer: What is prayer, its necessity 1. since by this word we express the state of the soul, more or less constant attitude, focus on God; 2. as prayer means a religious act, especially the recitation of liturgical texts. We know from comparative religious science that the essential elements of prayer occur in all religions. There is a belief in higher beings on whom human destinies depend in some way. Religion, unlike philosophical systems, then believes in the possibility of dialogue, personal contact with the higher world. The intercourse is carried out primarily by ritual signs, words, ceremonies, i.e., prayers. Because it is such a complex manifestation, it is better to abandon the school method, which begins with the definition and then proceeds to the division, the engraving of species. It will be easier to get us on the right path in the opposite way. We will first realize what kinds of prayer are, and only then will we get a picture of what prayer is.
Prayer Lk 11,5-13
God listens to us in prayer
During his stay in Gdańsk, John Paul II. returned from the monument to the fallen to his residence in Olivie. You should have a little rest here before other duties and participate in lunch with essential guests. So, the pope went to his room, and guests to him, they waited peacefully. But this waiting grew longer and longer; the Holy Father from his room did not work out. Upset about. So Tadeusz Goclowski entered the hall and asked the Pope’s Chaplain, Prelate Stanislav Dziwisz, what happened: “Lord Prelate, invited guests they are waiting and they are getting impatient! ” Prelate Dziwisz just pointed to the chapel door and said: “Just look, Bishop!”
The chapel door was slightly ajar. The interior of the chapel and John Paul could be seen through the joint II., Who prayed the Way of the Cross with great concentration. This man, exhausted, surrounded by thousands of people and affairs, went to the chapel to pray instead of at least getting some rest. Immersed in prayer, he seemed to push everyone away from problems. Bishop Goclowski looked at him, very moved and surprised. Later, always, when he mentioned it, he said: “It was one of my strongest experiences and also a great one of lessons learned!”. We have heard and read a lot about prayer. Jesus also put us in the gospel today calls: “Just and you will get! Search and you will find! Knock and they will open to you ”(Lk 11, 9)!
There is nothing to add to these words of Jesus, and they are pronounced divinely, concisely, and straightforward. Jesus underlines the meaning of these words with an even stronger acronym: Everyone
begging, receiving. Everyone who seeks finds, and whoever knocks will be open to him. With these words, Jesus hit straight into the black. The conclusion is so clear and straightforward: When God gives to everyone who asks, how is it that we have so little? So little faith, Courage and love! Can we ask by faith for all that God wants and desires to give us? Who among us would be able to repeat our intentions in supplications after Holy Mass?
We will forget them before we say: Please hear us! Can he make such pleas to take the Lord seriously? We often admire good people, we are enthusiastic about them, and we would too they wanted to be like them. But let’s ask ourselves: Why are some people good, others evil? Where is the root of their goodness? The answer is simple: in prayer. For the integrity of their hearts means long hours of worship on their knees. They let it be good, God entered their lives to reign in their hearts and to spread goodness through them and love in the world. Do we want proof? We heard him in the story of the Holy Father.
From prayer, he drew strength into his life and his office. And prayer, the humble God will never reject and hear his prayers. We could talk from their experiences about the power and effectiveness of prayer. The Lord needs to find in our hearts a strong faith, a constant search, and diligent contact cooperation.
To be able to speak to God
How strong an example can be. We’ve certainly encountered this in our lives when we did something that caught the eye of another person. For example, someone sees another play well on guitar, thus giving him the impetus to learn to play the guitar. Or we are enthusiastic about the housework of a friend who can do something at home to model, embellish and inspire us. Especially children see in movies their heroes and the next day they imitate them. And we could go on further in various areas. And yet, one thing stands out from all this: that is an example of doing good. Nothing can inspire and attract how good example. This was beautifully expressed by an Aryan pilgrim who was above the life of a saint, John Vianney cried out, “How beautiful it is to be a saint!” Great beauty is in the heroic beauty and dedication.
The apostles also experienced it. They often saw Jesus praying in silence and solitude, he talks to his Father. They, too, longed for prayer. Therefore, one of them begs Jesus: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Lk 11: 1)! This sentence is the basis of prayer: Realizing that without God, we cannot do anything. For God gives grace to the humble; a proud man does not even need it God, not prayer. Only then does Jesus offer them the blessing they have to glorify God the Father.
Luke does mention our Father in a shorter form than Matthew in his Gospel. But the essential truth of Christian revelation contained in the first expression, “Father,” they have both. Our creed is not just “I believe in one God,” but above all, “I believe in one God the Father. Jesus did not just come to redeem us, but he also came to reveal to us that the Creator of the world is a person with whom we can have a dialogue, and he has such qualities that we can call him Father. And that’s the big thing you need to realize and often repeat: I have the Highness of the Father who gave me, he understands.
Let us also consider how many people remain inattentive to God.
She can’t say a simple word like that: Thank you! Please! Forgive me!
At the same time, we do not have to learn any particular language. God speaks in our vocabulary; he doesn’t even need words. He sees the bottom of his heart, waiting for every fit of our confidence, for the minor possible signal of our need to come to our aid. Therefore, I we have a desire to learn to speak to him properly. When we pray, we enter into an intimate relationship with the Lord, communicating between God and us. This communication is based on in that I speak, and He hears, or He speaks, and I listen. Let’s be careful that our prayer is not just a monologue in which only I say, but I’m not interested in listening to him anymore. And let us not be afraid to tell him everything, for He is our’s Father.
Many people blame God. They make him responsible for all the evil in the world. War brings terrible suffering to people. But why make God accountable for war? Why God commits such a crime. Have we ever asked why he committed our crime? How many people have claimed that they determine morality themselves, that God is dead, that they do what they like? However, when others declare their morals and do what they want, at the expense of others, and begin to drop bombs, they remember God here and blaspheme. Double meter. Sometimes we ask how politicians can behave this way. How come they abuse their position? I ask who raised them. Who instilled in them moral principles? Are parents, educators, without guilt? Why argue that we have difficulty with faith. Are we not afraid to face our lives, especially in?
Let’s not ask endless questions of doubt. Let’s not resort to constant criticism. Criticize yourself too. When a person realizes his responsibility, he sees both his doubts and his past in a different light. Tomas Merton, the convert, wrote in his book The Mountain of Seven Degrees. I knew the law of human nature, inscribed in the human nature of man. Just as one wishes to build a house, cultivate the land, and have a family, one must desire communion with other people and acknowledge the expected dependence on God, who is the Father of all. Are you preoccupied with your science or worries about life and can’t handle the question of God? You are leaving this question aside. Maybe you’re honest about it. Perhaps. But whether it is reasonable to avoid this question permanently. I need to ask myself, what is the meaning of my life, where is it headed, what am I going to meet when I leave this country. Everyone has a view of life. Everyone sees the meaning of their life in something specific. It’s just what it is. The question of God is this way. Man finds in himself and only by his action the whole truth, especially all the strength necessary for our lives. Does all happiness come entirely from us? Do we have the opportunity to save ourselves only by our power? We can also suppress questions within ourselves. But what will be the consequences? If God is not, man is the lord of the earth and can do whatever he wants. History teaches us where it leads when one can do what one wants. How difficult is the path of man to God, many times? How many uncertainties and twists and turns on this path. In a sense, modern man has a difficult situation. While people lived a more natural life, they had the opportunity daily to encounter the mysteries of the world and life, which they thought about and pointed out in secret to God. The view of the size of the universe, the idea of the growing grain all aroused the respect and admiration of the man. Modern man is usually locked in his city, in his block, in his apartment. It rarely comes into contact with living nature. Maybe only during the holidays. It is surrounded by apartment buildings, concrete, water supply, electric light. It is not about underestimating civilization and technology. Civilization and technology obscure God’s footsteps. Concrete and glass do not tell us about God and his presence as clearly as the view of a germinating plant. Concrete and drink do not reveal God’s footsteps to us. But traces of a man. A man stops by himself. Only reflection on oneself can then lead him to God. There are many other difficulties in this. One is too distracted by the modern way of life and cannot concentrate.
Compassion for the distress of others.
The parable of the Good Samaritan contains a story current in at all times. It is understandable to such small children to whom they are close to fairy tales about thieves and adults of modern times who meet daily with violence, whether on television or in what threatens us every day step.
The lawyer asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor” (Lk 10:29)?
This parable shows how each of us should treat the suffering neighbor. We must not go around it inattentively, but we must “stop” with it. The Good Samaritan is every person who stops at the suffering of another man, whatever the hell. This stop should not be curious, but alert. It is the openness of the heart, which is also manifested in inner touching. The Good Samaritan is every person sensitive to the suffering of others, who he feels compassion for his neighbor in despair. If Christ, who knows the interior of a man well, underlines this compassion, it is essential for our entire behavior against the suffering of others. Therefore, it is necessary to cultivate this sensitivity of the heart, which testifies to compassion for the sufferer. Sometimes this compassion remains the only essential expression of our love and solidarity with the suffering brother.
The Good Samaritan in the parable of Christ did not stop only at compassion and moved: they encouraged him to act to help the injured person. In a word, the Good Samaritan is the one who helps to endure suffering, let it be of any nature, helps as effectively as possible. Inserts into auxiliary activities do not save even their material resources. We can claim to give ourselves; one’s ourselves. We are touching one here of the critical points of all Christian anthropology. One can find himself entirely only by sincere self-giving. The Good Samaritan is who, he is capable of such self-donation.
When we think of the parable of the Gospel, we can say that the suffering that exists in various forms among people are, therefore between us, to arouse in man love, that selfless gift of himself to other suffering people, without caring for his comfort. The world of human suffering constantly evokes another world, the world of human love. To some extent, the pain causes one to forget oneself, inwardly inspired by love, and manifest it in deeds. A neighbor bears careless passage apart from the suffering of others, already for essential human belonging and more for attachment to a neighbor. He must “stop, touch” and behave like a Samaritan in the gospel parable.
But leave things entirely different from anything else. It does not exist as a tree, nor as a house, nor as an idea. He exists as God. He cannot be sought so that we can see or hear him or capture him with instruments. Even human love cannot be touched and seized in this way. God is a living Person. It is necessary to seek it with reason and heart, especially love. That’s the way it is in our world. In our world, it is so that otherwise, we are offered some material thing. Otherwise, we meet a person, and we stand before God in an entirely different way. Things around us have no insides or personal secrets. They are issued to us as if at our mercy. We seize minerals, trees, and their fruits; we take animals. It’s different with a person. We cannot hold the man. One is much more inside. If I know a person from the outside, I know him very little. The secret of man is inside him. . One cannot seize the inner secret of man. I can only get to a person’s secret by opening himself up to me. I can receive this trust in faith and love. We call this the actual encounter of man and man.
What about our encounter with God? Is it possible to meet God? God is the most hidden mystery. We don’t have access to it. We can’t take it. We can only wait for his initiative if he does not show love to us. Then we could accept his revelation and meet us. This is precisely what has happened in our history; God has spoken to us and made himself known to us. He appeared to us. He said most fully and revealed himself to us in Jesus Christ. Many people have difficulty with faith. I remember when I was a soldier, one soldier told me. If he were God, it would not have happened what happened during the war. Not only he but many like him were outraged against God. Why are they not enraged against people who have committed crimes? It is said that God had to stop them. These people don’t know what they’re saying. They realize what the world, society, would look like if God consistently prevented any evil from being done. Or there would be a limit. God would allow less evil, but he would intervene with greater evil. And not just in war, but in every crime, all over the world. If that were the case, man would no longer be accessible. God wanted man to be free. That is, man has free will. He can abuse this free will. God knows it; he respects it. However, this is not proof that if God were, He would not allow it. So if he did, he doesn’t exist. Such a statement has no logic. God is not responsible for evil in the world, but man. Everyone should be very aware of that.
It is useless today to refute the claim, which is widespread at the end of the last century, on “joyful antiquity” and sad Christianity. The early success of Christianity, religion poor and uneducated, in the cultural world of the Roman Empire it can also be explained by the fact that it promised victory overall that a helpless man felt against destiny, death, pain.
The proclamation of Christ’s doctrine was named EU-angel.
– good news. Christianity is a religion to me. The Greek Word chart means joy. A hunting greeting to Mary we translate «Hello.» Greek Chair is literally «Rejoice!» (Old Slavonic liturgical texts they have the expression «Rejoice!») Scripture encourages prayer with a sense of joy (cf. Psalm 31, 11; 9, 5; 99, 1; 104, 3, etc.). They have often reminded words of st. Paul: “Not out of sorrow or compulsion, for God loves a merry giver” (2 Cor 9: 7). The highlight and the goal of Christian perfection is love. He loves, gives, even with the victim, he likes to talk to the one he loves. Who is, he prays and joyfully denies, proving that he is doing his duties out of love? The work we do happily goes by itself hands. Aristotle writes: “Joy perfects the work, sorrow destroys it.” St. John Chrysostom explains in this sense Psalm verse (118,32): I will run in the way of your commandments.
Joy gives strength and power, freshness. Everything is much easier and faster. Who has a joyful attitude to life, small he does not perceive obstacles at all and overcomes great ones with courage? We are not worried about his future. On the contrary, if we see someone permanently sad, we rightly fear that they will not survive the journey they have begun, especially if there are more significant difficulties.
The lively performance of religious duties is an effective way of the apostolate. It does not attract the company of sad people and dissatisfied; on the contrary, everyone would like to go where they see,
that there is happiness and joy. St. Thelion exhorts the monks to their “modesty is holy, not sad.” St. Francis, he wanted his brothers to see a happy face, the desire to do more than they do before, not fatigue and frostbite. So, they have to take to the streets. The Christian teaches that virtuous life is life according to God and according to happy and innocent nature, as came out of the Creator’s hands. Who strives for virtue and is their unhappy, he denies the truth he wants to believe. At least that one impresses others.
Therefore, Hermas (2nd century) ranks mourning among the evil desires that must be expelled from the heart. The only praiseworthy grief, as the Ascites teach in unison, is remorse for sin. However, it almost becomes a source of true joy. Francis of Assisi warned against
sadness, and man’s grief, is the joy of the devil. It is easy to lead a sad person to despair or to seek illicit pleasure in the world. It is by what St. Peter wrote. Gregor the Great: “The soul cannot be without joy, so it seeks pleasure in low things, unless he has them in noble things. »
What does it mean to pray for healing? In prayer for healing, we strive to unite prayer, love, and faith. Many blessings and many prayers for healing, at times one of the listed dimensions is missing. Or they lack love or trust. What are the assumptions of prayers for recovery?
Trust in God
Prayer, combined with love and faith, is an expression of trust in God. That means we trust God, not your abilities. The reason we don’t trust God is that we don’t trust ourselves. During the seminar, we will find that one of our most extensive wounds is uncertainty, which manifests in the fact that we do not trust each other. If you don’t trust yourself, you won’t count either to God, to her husband, or his wife, or his brother, or sister, in the prayer group, you will not trust anyone. Sometimes we think we are strong personalities if we do not trust others. But the opposite is true. We do not trust others, and we do not trust ourselves because we are full of uncertainties. In healing, a free man can trust God, and if we trust God, we are no longer afraid of failing.
We entrust ourselves into God’s hands, and that’s it. Many prayers for healing are ineffective because they lack confidence. Participation in the power of Christ another critical moment in prayer, combined with love and faith, is participation in the power of Christ. Let us remember the words: “All power is given to me in heaven and on earth” (Mph 28:18). This same power Jesus passes on to us as well. “Everything is possible to God,” says Matthew (19:26), and “anything is possible to him, who believes, “confirms Mark (9:23). So, we have the same power as Jesus. We will say, why. Jesus acted by the power of the Spirit. And we received the same Spirit. That’s why Jesus said to the apostle: “You see miracles, and you are surprised. But you will do even greater deeds than I do. For all the power that the Father hath given me, I give unto you. The power I have does not come from me, but from the Father “(cf. Jn 14: 12-14), But it is the same power.
To act for Jesus. What do we do when we pray for healing? When we pray for healing, we act in Jesus’ name. In his name, we address creation, disturbed by sin, and with love to it, we urge, lovingly, encourage him to start working again as before. For that, Jesus said, “Go and proclaim the good news to every creature” (cf. Mk 16:15). God created the perfect world and wants it to work as perfectly as possible. If so, we pray for healing, we directly address the affected organ and show it to be again healthy. We address him to receive God’s love, to begin to function as God did create. Certain parts of our body get sick or stop working because they are enough we don’t love.
To act by God’s plan.
If we do something in the name of Jesus, it means that we do it according to his plan. Sometimes we do not know what God’s plans are in a person’s life. If in prayer for healing we say the words “in the name of Jesus,” we mean “in accordance with God’s plan.” And we’re sure of that God’s plan for man is a plan full of love. However, if a person does not recover, he will not recover because it was not in God’s plan. But even non-health can be a plan of love for the man for whom we prayed. Maybe at that moment, we don’t understand God’s plan, but that one, he is always full of love. Stay in it.
Whenever we pray for someone to heal, we ask, above all, to feel that God loves him. If a person does not feel God’s love because of illness or injury, he cannot accept complete healing. In prayer, he receives God’s love in a specific part of his body, who is ill or disabled. Therefore, it is essential to experience the words that John addresses us: “If and ye shall abide in me, and my words shall abide in you: yea, whatsoever ye will, and it shall be fulfilled in you” (Jn 15: 7). We often ask ourselves, “Why don’t I receive from God what I ask of him?” Because we forget the condition that Jesus imposes on us: “If you remain in me …” This remaining in him is very important. To stay in it means to be united with him, to submit to him, to accept his plan, love, and experience God’s love. If you think God rejects you, that relationship with God makes you unhappy, that God makes you disappointed, you put an obstacle in the way of his love so that his healing power cannot come to you to penetrate. You may perceive God’s love, but it does not penetrate you because you do not remain in it. If you want to heal, you must feel loved by God. You need to they felt that God loved you in every situation, even during illness.
Marriage in God’s Plan (Mark 10: 2-16)
Man cannot change God’s plan with the union.
There was an exchange of views between the grammar school students on the topic of “marriage.” The girls pointed out the relationship of today’s young men to marriage, their irresponsibility, their immaturity … what they experienced in their family. Opinions mixed as they entered each other’s speeches, raising their voices until they fell silent as they noticed their classroom professor among themselves. Everyone’s eyes were on the young woman, revered by the students for her expertise, approach to them, and views on life. Many lifelong students will remember a math class when they did not solve logarithms but listened to equally clear and fundamental words. As a student cannot decrypt the example of not studying, it is difficult for a person who has not thoughtfully prepared for marriage to succeed in marriage. While solving the model, the student must be focused and respect the law. This is also the case in premarital and married life. Just a little inattention and a bad result can occur. Alternatively, he can choose another better way and work on the development sooner. He can go back, find a mistake and continue. But with marriage, things are not accessible. Evil is a student who resigns when he sees only a bad result and does not look for a mistake again; he does not study to succeed. Today, he criticizes a lot, rebukes, curses, sees mistakes in others and not in himself. More attention is paid negatively than positively.
Even today, we can realize that we will not save our marriages from difficulties and crises by lamenting, pointing to the growing number of divorces, the relaxation of morals, poor preparation, and so on. It is more convenient to remember what we all feel inside us that God has a plan for every man, every woman, and therefore every marriage. And because we know that “God is love” (1 Jn 4:16), it is necessary to put aside human opinions, conjectures, the misguided philosophy of today’s marriage, and to master the familiar words of Christ.
“Therefore, a man will leave his father and mother and be attached to his wife, and there will be two in one body. And so, they are no longer two, but one body. What therefore God hath gathered, let not man put asunder” (Mark 10: 7-8).
We know the words and the known problem. Or, in other words: Old words and an old issue. For several centuries before Christ, the law of the indissolubility of marriage applied to the Jews. A new problem? Not. Just weak new people. So still a current situation.
Does the evangelist also represent today’s Pharisees who “tempted Jesus. They asked him if a man could let his wife go” (Mark 10: 2)? They consider Jesus ignorant of the problem. They are not interested in Jesus’ opinion, but they want to close his mouth. They do not wish to accept a clear doctrine; it is enough for them to have objections to it because, according to them, it is equivalent to the fact that they are right and ask when the Church will recognize a legal divorce. Jesus recalls the words of the Book of Genesis about the creation of women (cf. Gen 2: 18-24). From the words: “It is not good that man is alone” (Gen 2:18), it can be seen that man himself does not form a human race. A woman brings something new, invigorating to a man’s life. In the description of creation, it is necessary to see a language that the people who were their first recipients understood. The language of symbols can also be seen in the description of the creation of women. The ribs of Semites denote life. The act of creating a woman from a man’s rib points to closeness to a man. A woman has the exact nature as the words correspond: “… a bone of my bones and a body of my body. It will be called “A man” because she was taken from a man “(Gen 2:23). The text presented in this way points to equality between a man and a woman, even though the social woman had or did not have the rights of a man. The symbolism of the creation of a woman from the rib of a man has another aspect that affects the union of two people. The bond between a man and a woman should be as strong as the connection of the rib with the body. Marriage must be so complex, strong, and harmonious that it can be compared to the human body. “Therefore a man will leave his father and mother and be attached to his wife, and there will be two in one body. So they are no longer two, but one flesh” (Mk 10: 7-8). The new bond between man and woman is stronger than blood. And Jesus will elevate this relationship, the union, to a value that nothing else can be compared to when he declared of the marriage: “What God has joined together, let man not separate” (Mark 10: 9)! Marriage is a whole new relationship to which God gives the seal of his love. We will say that in the sacrament of marriage, God puts His particular plan, which cannot be renounced, for God himself has reserved its termination by the death of one of the marriages.
He who seeks an answer to divorce, to the end of the sacramental union in the Catholic understanding of the faith, the answer is clear. “Therefore, what God has joined, let man not separate” (Mark 10: 9). Much has been written on the subject of “divorce from Catholics.” We know from history that Pope Clement VII. could not agree to the new marriage of King Henry VIII of England. Despite the break-up of Rome and England, he did not declare the king’s valid marriage invalid. Thus was founded the Anglican Church, headed by the King of England. When Pope John Paul II. in 1983 he signed a new Code of Canon Law, several media attacked the Pope and the Church for finding no place for divorce in the Church.
There have been and are efforts to make the Church adapt to the world’s demands, including in the area of divorce. However, those who attack the Church in this way forget to answer the question: Will divorce heal marriage? After all, the sacrament of marriage has a clear mission. Cooperation between men and women for mutual help, enrichment, childbirth, and the upbringing of children. Even those who have entered into a sacramental marriage are indeed divorcing. They are divorced because sacred love has not been strengthened, and husbands and wives must cooperate with God’s blessing. It cannot be said that it is enough to administer the sacrament of marriage, because sacramental grace does not take effect automatically. It is necessary to cooperate with grace. Otherwise, it will become a useless talent. We can compare it to such a situation. On the day of the sacrament, a wealthy grandfather deposits millions of dollars into the newlyweds’ account, provided that the couple cannot withdraw the deposit at once but must withdraw only a portion each day.
We each have our share of marital happiness. Both the priest and society have their share in preparing people for marriage and strengthening the marriage bond. Education and especially a good example of parents and the environment should work to prepare well for a sacramental marriage. The newlyweds themselves must do everything before the wedding to be well prepared in all respects, thus by keeping God’s commandments. Believing Christians must be aware that Jesus died and rose from the dead because of their marriage. There will be a cross and crosses in their life together, despite the love they feel for each other. They are to remember the words of Jesus: “Whoever wants to follow me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me” (Mt 16:24). After all, we are marked by inherited sin. And husbands should often remember the words spoken in the sacrament of marriage: “You promise before Almighty God that you will be a faithful husband to her, that you will be a faithful wife to him, that you will not leave her, neither in happiness, nor in unhappiness, nor in sickness. , or in health, and that you will love and honor her all the days of your life?” Yet we read in the Scriptures, “What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mark 10: 9). It is a fountain of new satisfaction for God and us. The Church looks at every marriage with joy, love, gratitude, and happiness. In the love of our spouses, we recognize the love endowed by Christ himself and the Church. The greater the love of a man for a woman and a woman for a man, the greater the satisfaction.
We should want to take the vital truth from today’s gospel of marriage that a good marriage, the lasting and faithful unity of man and woman, was and is possible. Whatever is done. Why? Because a woman is a “bone of my bones” for a man. Because man is called for partnership, both biologically and mentally, God wants the two to be through his marriage. And also because Jesus confirmed it for the salvation order and the New Testament. The problems of marriage concern a whole complex of issues of human life.
A wealthy Roman woman once asked Rabbi Joshi Chalafta, “What does God do all day?” The rabbi replied, “She brings married couples together. He chooses who has whom to take—this man, this woman, this man, and so on. “There’s nothing special about that, “Rimanka remarked,” I can do that, too. I’ll put a thousand couples together in one day.” The rabbi said nothing. When the lady returned to her palace, she had all the slaves and female slaves called and married and married to each other. She ordered, “You take that one, and you take that one again.” At night, almost all married couples quarreled and killed themselves. They went to their mistress in the morning. One slave had a broken head, another slave had a bruise under her eye, and another slave had a broken nose … The lady was called Rabbi Joshi. She told him what had happened and said, “You were right. I see that only God can unite a man and a woman.” A voice from heaven said, “It’s not easy for me either.”
And what about that? Nobody doubts that. And that is why today it is fitting that he who has not prayed for his marriage will begin, and he who has prayed for his marriage will continue with even greater love and intensity. We see personal and social benefits in marriage, even when the difficulties and crosses of living together must be addressed. And everyone, even with a bit of goodwill, must say that what the Church teaches and maintains is correct, that it does not agree to divorce.