Friday Mass Readings (God hears his people's cries / Remarriage = adultery / Celibacy is best)

**August 14, 2009 **

Reading 1
Jos 24:1-13

Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,
summoning their elders, their leaders,
their judges and their officers.
When they stood in ranks before God, Joshua addressed all the people:
“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel:
In times past your fathers, down to Terah,
father of Abraham and Nahor,
dwelt beyond the River and served other gods.
But I brought your father Abraham from the region beyond the River
and led him through the entire land of Canaan.
I made his descendants numerous, and gave him Isaac
.
To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau.
To Esau I assigned the mountain region of Seir in which to settle,
while Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.

“Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and smote Egypt with the prodigies
which I wrought in her midst.
Afterward I led you out of Egypt, and when you reached the sea,
the Egyptians pursued your fathers to the Red Sea
with chariots and horsemen.
Because they cried out to the LORD,
he put darkness between your people and the Egyptians,

upon whom he brought the sea so that it engulfed them.
After you witnessed what I did to Egypt,
and dwelt a long time in the desert,
I brought you into the land of the Amorites
who lived east of the Jordan.
They fought against you, but I delivered them into your power.
You took possession of their land, and I destroyed them,
the two kings of the Amorites, before you.
Then Balak, son of Zippor, king of Moab,
prepared to war against Israel.
He summoned Balaam, son of Beor, to curse you;
but I would not listen to Balaam.
On the contrary, he had to bless you, and I saved you from him.
Once you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho,
the men of Jericho fought against you,
but I delivered them also into your power.
And I sent the hornets ahead of you that drove them
(the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites,
Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites)
out of your way; it was not your sword or your bow.

“I gave you a land that you had not tilled
and cities that you had not built, to dwell in;

you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves
which you did not plant.”

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22 and 24

R. His mercy endures forever.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his mercy endures forever;
Give thanks to the LORD of lords,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
Who led his people through the wilderness,
for his mercy endures forever;
Who smote great kings,
for his mercy endures forever;
And slew powerful kings,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. His mercy endures forever.
And made their land a heritage,
for his mercy endures forever;
The heritage of Israel his servant,
for his mercy endures forever;
And freed us from our foes,
for his mercy endures forever.
R. *** His mercy endures forever. ***

Gospel
Mt 19:3-12

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying,
***“Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”***He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning
the Creator made them male and female and said,
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?
So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
***Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.” ***
They said to him, “Then why did Moses command
that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?”
***He said to them, “Because of the hardness of your hearts
Moses allowed you to divorce your wives,******but from the beginning it was not so.
I say to you, whoever divorces his wife
(unless the marriage is unlawful)
and marries another commits adultery.”***His disciples said to him,
“If that is the case of a man with his wife,
it is better not to marry.”
He answered, “Not all can accept this word,
but only those to whom that is granted.
Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so;
some, because they were made so by others;
some, because they have renounced marriage
for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever can accept this ought to accept it.”

*God leads his people. I just don’t understand why God chose that particular part of the world to give to His people… and Why did they have to take land away from another group?? One of the mysteries of life… :shrug:

I love the psg about marriage. Some poeple seem to take marriage very lightly these days, When you think about it, if a person can’t stay committed to one person why does anyone think he / she will stay married to the 2nd person, much less the 3rd or 4th… but then i guess fidelity isn’t much valued anymore… so the attitude is: who cares? :rolleyes:

Some polygamous sects obviously violate this (& etc ) scripture psg… If it is wrong to MARRY even one person once one has already married someone, how much more wrong in the eyes of God is it to marry several? Polygamy = misogyny & discrimination (not to mention immorality)… since rarely does anyone advocate a woman having more than one husband… :rolleyes:

In the Gospel it seems Jesus is saying that celibacy is preferred by God and i believe this to be true (though convincing my body of this is another story!!! :banghead::hypno:).

i have found out the hard way how true it is that celibacy is best… anyone who CAN maintain sexual purity this way should…*

I went to mass today, and was suprised when the priest did his homily. He did not speak like he usually does and was reading a homily and then ended it quickly… I wonder if this topic made him nervous for a reason. He also told us that this is the reason the Catholic church uses annulments instead of divorce. But I completly agree with you, I can’t believe he didnt talk about his celibacy at all!!

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