Daily Catholic Mass – 2017-08-18 – Fr. Mark

By | September 5, 2019


A READING FROM THE BOOK OF JOSHUA. 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. VERBUM DOMINI DEO GRATIAS. HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER. 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. 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. 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. HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA RECEIVE THE WORD OF GOD, NOT AS THE WORD OF MEN, BUT, AS IT TRULY IS, THE WORD OF GOD. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA>>DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO. LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM MATTHEUM. GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE.>>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. VERBUM DOMINI LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE. TODAY IN THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW JESUS, WE’RE TOLD IS BEING TESTED BY SOME OF THE PHARISEES. THEY QUESTIONED HIM ON DIVORCE. WHY MOSES ALLOW DIVORCE. JESUS GOES BACK TO GENESIS TO QUOTE FROM GENESIS ABOUT THE PLAN OF GOD. FROM THE BEGINNING GOD MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE AND FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE AND TWO OF THEM SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. THEOLOGIANS HAVE PRAYED AND FASTED AND STUDIED AND EXPLAIN THESE PASSAGES. THE CHURCH FATHERS IN GREAT SAINTS. THEY SPEAK THAT WE ARE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD AS SCRIPTURE SAYS IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS AND WE IMAGE GOD ON THE INDIVIDUAL LEVEL BODY AND SOUL. IMAGING GOD. AND AS A COUPLE THAT THE TWO BECOMING ONE FLESH IMAGES THE UNION OF GOD HIMSELF. THE COMMUNION OF PERSONS. IN THAT UNION WE FIND A FULFILLMENT A HUMAN FLOURISHING. THAT ORIGINAL COUPLE IS A MODEL FOR EXAMPLE OF THE UNITY OF THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE. IN A SPECIAL WAY. IN MARRIAGE. AND AS JOHN PAUL THE SECOND SAID IN HIS ENCYCLICAL ON MARRIAGE, HIS ADDRESS ON MARRIAGE, IT MAKES CONCRETE THE VERY LIFE AND LOVE OF THE TRINITY. IT BRINGS IT DOWN TO EARTH. THE UNITY OF THE COUPLE THE COMMUNION OF PERSONS BASED ON LOVE. IT IS A LIFELONG EXCLUSIVE UNION. ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN. BETWEEN HUSBAND AND WIFE. MEN TO BE THE SOURCE OF FAMILY AND SOCIETY. THE GREAT SOURCE OF STABILITY IN OUR CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION. A REASSURING THING. WE SEE A FAMILY UNITED AND CHILDREN, IT IS A REASSURING THING. I SEE THAT IN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES ITS CAN BE A PLACE TO DRAW A SINGLE PEOPLE OR MARGINALIZE PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE ON THE PERIPHERY SO THAT THEY JOIN IN THE UNITY OF A FAMILY. IT IS BEAUTIFUL. JESUS SAID ” FROM THE BEGINNING ” IN THE FIRST BOOK OF SCRIPTURE. WHEN ADAM AND EVE WERE CREATED WE SEE THIS CALL TO MARRIAGE. THE CALL TO BECOME ONE FLESH . THIS IS PART OF GOD’S PLAN. MARRIAGE COMES FROM GOD HIMSELF. IT IS WRITTEN IN OUR HUMAN NATURE. JOHN PAUL THE SECOND SPOKE OF THE SPOUSAL MEETING OF THE BODY. WRITTEN IN THE NATURE OF OUR BODIES CALL TO COMMUNION. MADE FOR ONE ANOTHER. MADE FOR THE OTHER. IN THE CREATION ACCOUNT IT IS NOT GOOD FOR MAN TO BE ALONE. HE BRINGS ALL OF THESE ANIMALS TO ADAM TO NAME AND NOT ONE OF THE ANIMALS WAS A SUITABLE PARTNER FOR THE MAN. NOT ANY OF THE ANIMALS AND NOT ANOTHER MAN, THE WOMAN IS SUITABLE FOR THE MAN. MAN AND WOMAN ARE TO BE A UNIQUE GIFT TO THE OTHER. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE THAT ALLOWS FOR THIS ONE FLESH, THE SEXUAL DIFFERENCE ALLOWS FOR THE MAN AND THE WIFE TO MAKE A GIFT TO EACH OTHER. TO MAKE A GIFT OF THEMSELVES IN THE WAY PARTICULAR TO BEING A MAN OR A WOMAN. IT IS NOT A COMPETITION. IT IS NOT MORE OF THE SAME. IT IS COMPLETING OF ONE ANOTHER. WE SPEAK OF IT THE COMPLEMENTARY DIFFERENCES. THAT HELPS THE OTHER. THAT BUILDS UP THE OTHER. SERVES THE OTHER. THAT ENRICH IS THE OTHER’S LIFE. AT THE SAME TIME THEY’RE PERFECTLY EQUAL TO EACH OTHER BUT THEY ARE DIFFERENT. HAVE TROUBLE WITH THAT IN THE CULTURE. THE QUALITY. I THINK IN PART TO BECAUSE OUR VALUES ARE REDUCED TO VERY MATERIALISTIC CONSUMER VALUES. IF WE HAD A CHRISTIAN VIEW A CHRISTIAN HUMANIST VIEW WE COULD SEE MORE CLEARLY THE DIFFERENCES IN THE SEXES THAT IS A BENEFIT TO THE OTHER. THE MAN AND WOMAN ARE CALLED TO MAKE A GIFT OF THEMSELVES AND THAT INCLUDES BODY AND SOUL. WE ARE UNION OF BODY AND SPIRIT AND MAKE A GIFT TO THE OTHER. EXPRESS OURSELVES THROUGH OUR PHYSICAL BODIES. WE SPEAK A LANGUAGE OF LOVE WITH OUR BODIES AND WHAT WE DO WITH THE BODIES. LOVE EXPRESSED IN VOWS GIVEN IN MARRIAGE, AND THE CONSENT TO MAKE THIS LIFELONG COMMITMENT TO EACH OTHER, LOVE IS EXPRESSED THERE. COMING IN FROM THE SPIRIT. FROM THE SOUL. AND IT IS FOSTERED IN THE BODY THAT WE MAKE A SERVICE OF OURSELVES AND MAKE A GIFT OF OURSELF TO THE OTHER THAT WE FORM AS THE SCRIPTURE AS JESUS QUOTES HERE, THAT ONE FLESH UNION. AT THE 2 BECOME 1 ROOTED IN THE SEXUAL DIFFERENCES THAT THEY COMPLEMENT ONE ANOTHER AND FORM ONE UNION. THE AMAZING SPECTACULAR THING THAT TAKES AWAY OUR BREATH IS THAT IT IS A LIFE GIVING UNION. SEE ALL OF THESE OTHER PROCESSES OF THE BODY THAT WE DO BY OURSELVES, BUT COMING TOGETHER THE COUPLE CAN PROCREATE WITH THE HELP OF GOD THEY CONCEIVE AND BRING FORTH LIFE. AND THEY CANNOT DO INDIVIDUALLY BY THEMSELVES. IT CANNOT EVEN GOD DO EVEN BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM. THAT’S GOD CREATES THE HUMAN SOUL INFUSES THE HUMAN SOUL AND WITH THE HELP OF GOD AS THEY BRING FORTH HUMAN LIFE. A MARVELOUS THING THAT WE CAN PONDER. A MYSTERY. IT SPEAKS TO THE DIGNITY OF MARRIAGE. THAT WE PARTICIPATE IN BRINGING FORTH LIFE INTO THE WORLD. THE CHURCH SPEAKS OF THE UNITY DIMENSION OF MARRIAGE WHERE THE COUPLE IS UNITED WITH ONE ANOTHER AND FORMED THIS ONE FLESH UNION AND MADE TO BE A GIFT TO THE OTHER. AND THERE IS A PROCREATIVE DIMENSION. THEY FORM A SINGLE LIFE GIVING PRINCIPLE. THEY’RE ACTING AS ONE TOGETHER. IT IS A MARVELOUS THING. I AM FASCINATED. I READ JUST ONLINE DIFFERENT JOURNALS ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN AND IT IS AMAZING JUST A STRUCTURAL DIFFERENCES IN THE BRAIN. THERE ARE SO MANY MEASURABLE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN. GENERALLY SPEAKING, WOMEN HAVE A GREATER COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE TWO HEMISPHERES, YOU COULD SAY LATERALLY. MEN HAVE GREATER COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE FRONTAL PART IN THE REAR PART OF THE BRAIN IN THIS DIRECTION. THERE ARE DIFFERENCES, WHITE MATTER, GRAY MATTER, AND COMMUNICATION DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PARTS OF THE BRAIN. IT IS FASCINATING. EQUAL IN DIGNITY AND IN INTELLIGENCE I THINK WE WOULD SAY, BUT ALSO THERE’S THE DIFFERENCE. THAT IS THE INCREDIBLE PART OF THE DESIGN OF GOD. THIS DIFFERENCE WE KNOW AND EXPERIENCE AND MARVEL AT. WE NEVER CAN REALLY EXHAUST THE MYSTERY OF THE DIFFERENCE. AND SEE IT AS A GIFT. BE ENRICHED BY IT. THERE IS A RICHNESS IN GOD’S PLAN. IN MARRIAGE, I THINK IN ANY COMMUNITY LIFE, IN LIVING IN RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS, IN MAKING A GIFT OF OURSELF TO OTHERS WITH FIND FULFILLMENT. THAT IS WHERE WE CAN GIVE OF OURSELVES TO OTHERS AND THAT HAPPENS IN THE TRINITY. IF A FATHER POURS HIMSELF OUT AND THE SON RETURNS THE LOVE AND WE HAVE THE BOTTOM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BETWEEN THE 2. IT IS A CONSTANT DYNAMIC POURING OUT OF THEMSELVES TO EACH OTHER OUT. IT IS CONSTANT ACTIVITY. IT HAPPENS IN RELATIONSHIPS. SADLY IN A SINFUL WORLD, WE MAY BE HURT IN A RELATIONSHIP BUT WE ARE ALSO HEALED IN A RELATIONSHIP. THAT IS A CHALLENGE. BUT THAT IS OUR NATURE. WE’RE SOCIAL BEINGS. IT IS WITNESSED TO IN A SUPREME WAY IN MARRIAGE. JESUS SAID THAT MOSES IN ANSWERING THE PHARISEES THAT MOSES ALLOWED FOR DIVORCE DUE TO THE HARDNESS OF YOUR HEARTS. THIS WAS NOT SO FROM THE BEGINNING. SO WE SEE THIS AS PART OF THE MISSION OF JESUS. MAYBE AT THE HEART OF HIS MISSION IS TO HEAL THIS RELATIONSHIP. TO HEAL THE HARDENED HEART. THAT OUR HEARTS ARE RESTORED IN CHRIST. NOT JUST A MORAL TEACHING TELLING US WHAT TO DO OR MODELING A GOOD LIFE BUT GIVING US THE HOLY SPIRIT. GIVING US HIS GRACE TO GIVE US THAT HEART, NOT THE HEART OF STONE BUT A HEART ENLIVENED WITH CHARITY AND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BE HEALED AND TO GIVE OURSELVES TO OTHER. TO LIVE IN CHARITY. THAT IS WHAT I TALKING ABOUT. TO LIVE IN SERVICE. HE HEALS THIS HARDENED HEART TO AND THE WOUNDED MARRIAGE SO TO SPEAK, STRENGTHENS IT BY SACRAMENTS. SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH’S. HE IS GOING TO BE PRESENT IN THE MARRIAGE. IS GOING TO BE A SOURCE OF GRACE IN MARRIAGE. TO HEAL AND TO STRENGTHEN US AND TO LIVE THIS CHALLENGING TEACHING. HE GETS EVERYBODY’S ATTENTION. HE SAID IT IS BETTER THAN A MAN AND A WOMAN NOT GET MARRIED IF YOU’RE GOING TO GET DIVORCED. IT BRINGS THIS TO OUR NEEDS TO BE FAITHFUL TO OUR COMMUNITY LIFE AND WE NEED TO RELY ON GOD TO BE STRENGTHENED. IT CALLS FOR FAITH AND TRUST IN THE LORD. IT CALLS TO LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. LIVING ONE DAY AT A TIME. DEPENDING UPON THE GRACE OF GOD. DYING TO OUR SELF. LIVE FOR THE OTHER. IN OUR SINFUL FALLEN HUMANITY THAT DOES NOT BECOME NATURAL. WE HAVE A TENDENCY TO WANT TO TAKE OUR TOYS AND GO HOME. AND NOT LIVE- IN RELATIONSHIP. BUT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD AND HE SUFFERED AND DIED ON THE CROSS FOR US. SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE IS A WITNESS TO WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR US. AND THE UNITY WANTS TO HAVE WITH US AS THE BRIDEGROOM OF THE CHURCH. HE MAKES IT POSSIBLE. WE HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT THE. I WAS READING, WE HEAR ABOUT THE HIGH DIVORCE RATE WE HAVE IN OUR CULTURE. THOSE HIGH RATES ARE NOT TRUE. THERE ARE CERTAIN FACTORS THAT LOWER THE CHANCE OF DIVORCE. I PICKED OUT A COUPLE OF THEM. ONE OF THEM IS OUR BELIEF. IT SAYS GOING INTO A MARRIAGE WITH A HUSBAND AND WIFE HOLDING A STRONG PERSONAL CONVICTION THAT THE MARRIAGE IS FOR LIFE PROTECT SUBSTANTIALLY AGAINST DIVORCE. IF WE THINK THIS IS IT, THAT WE ARE DEAD MEN SO TO SPEAK, USE US LORD AS YOUR PLAN IS, I AM GIVING MYSELF TOTALLY OVER TO YOUR WAY OF DOING THINGS AND YOU ARE TEACHING ON MARRIAGE, THERE’S A MUCH HIGHER SUCCESS RATE. FOR THOSE HAVE TO HAVE A STRONG FAITH A STRONG COMMON FAITH AND REGULARLY ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES ARE 47 PERCENT LESS LIKELY TO DIVORCE. SHARING A NOMINAL FAITH HAS NO PROTECTIVE EFFECT. SO IF YOU LOOK AT THOSE WERE MORE SERIOUS ABOUT THE FAITH THEIR DIVORCE RATE GOES DOWN. HOW IT CAN NOT? WHEN WE GOT TO RECEIVE THE SACRAMENTS AND WHEN WE DIE TO OURSELVES AND PRACTICE CHRISTIAN VIRTUE THAT GREATLY SERVES MARRIAGE, HUMILITY CHARITY SERVICE, FORGIVENESS. THOSE THINGS STRENGTHEN IN THE KIND OF FRIENDSHIP OR MARRIAGE. IRONICALLY IN OUR CULTURE OR WE HEAR ABOUT THE TEST DRIVE. COHABITATION. COHABITATING COUPLES HAVE A FIFTY PERCENT HIGHER RATE OF DIVORCE THAN NON COHABITATING COUPLES. SO DOING THIS GOD’S WAY SET US UP FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE. IT EVEN SAYS THAT MARRYING AS NON VIRGINS IS ASSOCIATED WITH CONSIDERABLY HIGHER RISK OF DIVORCE AND DRAMATICALLY MORE UNSTABLE FIRST MARRIAGES. ONE RESEARCHER SOMEHOW GOT THAT INFORMATION. I’M NOT SURE HOW HE GOT THAT. AGAIN LIVING THE PLAN OF GOD, BUILDING THE VIRTUES SETS US UP FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE. SAY THAT BECAUSE THERE ARE REASONS TO HOPEFUL. THERE IS A JOY IN THAT FIDELITY WHEN WE ARE FAITHFUL TO OUR VOWS AND WHAT WE COMMITTED OURSELVES TO. MAKING ROOM IN OUR LIFE FOR GOD. I’M GETTING OUT OF THE WAY. LIVING HIS PLAN. WE FLOURISH WHEN WE DO THAT. WE EXPERIENCE FULFILLMENT THAT IS BEYOND US. THAT IS HIS PLAN FOR US LIVING ACCORDING TO HIS TEACHING.

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