Matthew 19:3-12 Reflection – Unique Spiritual Bonds

Reflection on Matthew 19:3-12 ~

As a teenager, I wondered for a while if I could be a religious and singularly bound to God. The beauty of woman and having a child manifested to cause my personal choice to become clear. My call was to a lifelong commitment to a spouse’s touch and being of one flesh rather than a life of celibacy. Perhaps for a moment you can embrace the sacredness of both options in prayer, because the world is losing the appreciation of these unique spiritual bonds.

The Pharisees Question Jesus James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumThe Pharisees Question Jesus, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Matthew 19  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning ‘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, let no one separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her?” He said to them, “It was because you were so hard-hearted that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery.”

Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 19:3-12.