Church aisle facing the altar

Sunday Soundbite for October 7, 2018

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle B

October 7, 2018

 

Many years ago I had the privilege of working with a number of married couples, presenting weekends for engaged couples. Our programs always included lots of personal storytelling, and I got to hear the wonderful stories of how these dedicated married couples found God through their partner in the day-to-day project of making marriage work.

This Sunday we center on the theme of marriage. Jesus connects a call for fidelity in marriage to our first reading from the Book of Genesis, which describes the creation of man and woman. That connection seems to say that faithfulness in marriage–working hard to make it work–is rooted in our very humanness, in how we are created by God.

Now, there are lots of self-help books and plenty of jokes stressing the differences between men and women. But out of those differences–expressed in many cultures around the world–comes the stuff of which good marriages are made. The stories I heard on those engaged couples’ weekends bore witness to that creative work.

In the Gospel of Mark Jesus is busy proclaiming the Kingdom. He wants marriage–the relationship of man and woman–to be part of that proclamation. It is in that most human of institutions–in the nitty-gritty of daily life–that God is at work. Let’s celebrate that this weekend.