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Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 19:3-12): 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." 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.”

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today some Pharisees want to set a trap for Jesus. But with the subject of divorce there is no joking at all. The hardness of heart, that is, our selfishness, always ends up by approving the divorce. A noble heart does not need divorces!

- Since Jesus does not allow lightheartedness with marriage, it gives us a norm to raise the level: if a husband does not love his wife (or vice versa) with a noble and generous heart, he/she are also committing adultery (he/she are abusing of the other person).