1991 Oct 6 – 27th Sun Ord (Bulletin Letters)
Cycle B – 27th Sun Ord
Mk 10, 2-16
“God made them male and female; for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and the two shall become as one. They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore let no one separate what God has joined.” Mk. 10: 7-8
Contrary to popular thought, Jesus says very little in the Gospels about sex and human sexuality. But when he does, he’s very clear about what is right and what is wrong. In this week’s Gospel from Mark, Jesus is asked by some Pharisees about the legality of divorce. At the time, only men could obtain a divorce. They often did so for very little cause. Jesus sets them straight. Marriage is forever. Anyone who divorces and marries another commits adultery.
Plain enough speaking, but never the final word. Like last week’s Gospel text from Mark where he talks about sins committed with our ‘eyes, hands or feet’ that should be ‘cut off’ or ‘gouged out’, such blanket pronouncements are never the final word with Jesus. The final word with Jesus is love that shows mercy. Confronted with a person caught in a sexual sin, Jesus always forgave. (Samaritan Women at the Well, Jn. 4:1-41 & Women Caught in Adultery, Jn. 8:1-12) We should do the same.
SEX, THE CHURCH AND IT’S SEXUAL TEACHINGS: Our society’s sexual practices and value system’s are atrocious. The statistics (left) from the D.M. Register are both frightening and common. Catholics fare no better in their sexual habits than the rest of the population. What are we, as Church, doing wrong? Why are our sexual teachings ignored? On the back of this week’s bulletin are two articles written by Fr. Richard McBrien. They raise some important questions about how we, as Church, teach our sexual ethics in todays modern society. They are well worth reading.
A CALL TO ACTION – MISSILE SILO OCCUPATION, OCT. 4-6: Please keep me and others in your prayers Sunday morning Oct. 6th as we attempt to occupy a Nuclear Missile Silo near Whitemen Air Force Base in Missouri. Pray that the ‘spirit’ of non-violence, the ‘spirit’ with which we are entering into this witness, will prevail throughout day. I fully expect to be back with you next weekend to give a full accounting of our efforts