Bound in Relationship
What does it mean to be in relationship with someone? Think about everything it entails, you have discussions, usually getting to be more deeper and personal as you become more familiar with one another. There are the inside jokes, the fun times at the movies, hanging around the backyard playing soccer. A relationship becomes bonding, not letting time or space tear you apart, let alone the difficult challenges life may present. Think about children as they develop friendships at a young age. They argue and fight, though we encourage inclusiveness in society, and encourage them to make up and learn to be friendly. From there, they grow, and though may not accept one another as friends, they are acceptant and inclusive. Growing in relationship is important in our world, and is one of the things God calls us to, no matter our personal beliefs. Just as God calls us into relationship with Him, we too are to bring others into a communal relationship, helping one another to grow.
Today's Gospel states: 'And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again; and again, as his custom was, he taught them. And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" He answered them, "What did Moses command you?" They said, "Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to put her away." But Jesus said to them, "For your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, `God made them male and female.' `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. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder." And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. And he said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery"' (Mark 10:1-12).
In today's Gospel we hear about the understanding of marriage. Marriage becomes one of the greatest metaphors for the Church, Jesus being the the groom while the Church enters into relationship as the bride. It's bonding, lasting and though filled with challenges, a vocation that helps the spouses seek Sainthood. As it is so important and meaningful, it should never be broken. What God brings together in unity should never be broken, and can never be broken, hence Jesus' speech about marriage and divorce. What is important is the relationship formed, uniting the couple and tying them in that union to God, a sacrament. In the same way, God calls us into a lasting relationship with Him. Just as in marriage both spouses need to commit and help one another, we too need to do our part and be in relationship with God through prayer, attending mass, receiving the Eucharist, reading Scripture, and being evangelical in the world. What are some relationships where you could work harder to commit yourself? Take some time to ask God to help you be in relationship with Him.
Today's prayer comes from 'pray with me' a prayer to be in deeper relationship with God:
My God and father, in Jesus name i ask you to let your will be done in my life. A closer walk with you is my daily crave. Please speak to me while teaching me to listen as i speak less to have your purpose fulfilled in me. Am weary and trying but seems at times am not retaining when i reading your words. Help me lord. Teach me to know all the things that is of, in, with, about and for you in my life be manifested. Lord Jesus please me seek you each day with joy and fulfillment that i will no longer b weary or sleepy in any part of it. I love you so much and need to make my life available to your evert request. Even if it means sending your man and woman servant to guided the misguided. You know my heart and your plan are greater than the ones for my self so i leave all my situations n daily struggles to you and decide to seek out to know you more to fulfill my purpose. What ever i forget to mansion please fail not to show your compassion. Amen.