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Scripture Reflections - October 10
28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Wisdom 7:7-11
Hebrews 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30

Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

Many of us still remember the simple catechism question, “Why did God make me?” The answer is fundamental to this Sunday’s readings: “God make me to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him in this life, and to be happy forever in the next.”

The first reading tells us how in more details. “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.” What follows is how God did this. We must know how to respond to this. God gave us the tools. What kind of a life is He calling us to! It is most importantly in the spiritual order – to use our minds and our wills in the way that follows out God’s plan for our happiness. We have to know that plan and follow it. We have to learn wisdom in order to love what He loves. We cannot do this without the help of God’s grace. A good prayer for us is “What do you want of me, Lord?” God will answer our prayers. He has given us His law, His commandments. God didn’t give them without thinking. In His wisdom, He knows that they are essential for both natural and supernatural happiness.

Since we’re flawed and imperfect, we need to share with others our struggles. As we learn from them, they learn from us. We learn from experience what is right and what is wrong – what is good and what is evil. All in all, it’s lifelong journey toward happiness.

Today’s Gospel probes the unique qualities of both a man and of woman. In Jesus’ teaching on marriage, He knows that physical attraction draws a man and woman together. And He knows that spiritual fatherhood and spiritual motherhood are essential for the kind of marriage that He intended. Both are necessary for the sacrifice needed for mutual growth and support.

A woman has the unique quality of bearing with pain and suffering and sorrow. This is the way God make her. A woman as a woman can love pour out herself in love, give totally without reserve.

St. Paul tells a husband to love his wife as he loves his own body. “And to two shall be one.” This is meant to last during their natural lives.

God intends only this kind of marriage. If it is obvious that the man and woman either did not intend or are not capable of such a marriage, when a marriage doesn’t measure up to God’s standards, the Church by the authority of God Himself, can grant an annulment.

Why did God make me? He made me to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him in this life, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.

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