YEAR A: HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 7TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
HOMILY THEME: FIDELITY TO MARRIAGE
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
HOMILY: Mk. 10:1-12) Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus dealt with fidelity to marriage. Unfortunately, many marriages did not go as expected. Human weaknesses came in. Married couples gave up on their marriage and tried to seek some remedies through legal means and church processes. Both ways required so much effort and so much time.
That is why it is necessary that couples discern well their decision to get married. Jesus was clear in His teaching. Marriage is absolute. What God had put together, no man can separate. As for those who are having difficulties and are suffering in their marriages, the Christian community should be available as a friend and counsellor. They must exert all efforts to provide them with enough love, understanding, and support to go through their challenging situation.
The First Reading from the Book of Sirach gives counsel on who we must have as friends. While we could not choose our co-workers, classmates, or family members, we can choose our friends. We must be discerning who we can entrust our pains and consolations. Fair weather friends should be avoided. Even those who are friends only when they need something from us. God gave us wisdom. Let us use them in choosing our friends.
In the same breath, we must be friends to those in need. The Christian should be the best resort of anyone in need of understanding and care. In our community, members have various needs. Many need somebody to listen and help them see what are happening to them. They do not need somebody who will judge them. Being a friend to them is what we can do best to support them. Even if they are in sin or in dire situation, we do not work to eliminate them much more neglect them. The Christian allows himself to be their door to God, their key to heaven, their pillow for comfort. The world has changed. But the Word of God remains. The change is not completely alien to the Word of God.
The Word of God is effective in alls seasons. It is the task of the Christian to make it relevant and applicable. God’s Word is not stagnant. It can enter any culture, generation, situation, and whatever circumstance. We only need God’s wisdom to address them. The Good news is that God has gifted us with it when we were baptized. Let us use it. God is with us, in Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, remember?