Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” Mark 10:9 The lessons today are from the Church’s core teaching about Holy Matrimony. We teach that Holy Matrimony is a sacrament, which is of course an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, given
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.” The reading from Isaiah that we heard today was one of the Songs of the Suffering Servant. You might recognize some of the verses from the Stations of the Cross, that we walk during Lent. From the earliest days of Christianity, the believers have seen the prophecy of the passion
Jesus said, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” Mark 10:46-52 The Gospel according to St. Mark is kind of a road map. In the first chapter, verse 9, Mark tells us that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee. That region is in the Northern part of what is now Israel, near the Sea of Galilee. It was near that sea that Jesus called Simon and his brother
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” This story about the rich young man is common to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The young man asks the question which I’m sure was in many people’s mind of the day, “how do I get to heaven?” This young man was very rich, and he must have had a very comfortable life. He is obviously attached to
James 3:16-4:6 I hope you have been reading the letter of James this week. As I said, he does not pull his punches. The section we heard today concerns the wisdom of God verses the wisdom of the world. The first part of chapter 3 concerns the way we talk to God and to each other. James says the tongue is a fire, and can set fires wherever it goes!
Show me your faith apart from your works, and I, by my works, will show you my faith. – James Last Sunday we started reading the letter of St. James, and today we read from the second chapter. One thing you can say for sure, James does not pull any punches. He tells it like it is. In the first section, verses 1-5, James wrote to warn the church about
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:17-27 Today, we will begin the study of the letter of St. James, which we will hear from for the next three Sundays, as we have today. This letter is attributed to James the Just, whom we hear from in