Commentary on the Gospel of

Victoria Sanchez - School Teacher in Madrid

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B) - "The Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like us".

St Mark, in today's Gospel, tells us that in order to test Jesus, some Pharisees came to him and asked him: Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?

Marital breakdown is not always and not only a legal problem that can be solved with laws, it is a personal, emotional and psychological problem with deep roots and consequences. If divorce has been able to "solve" some difficult situations, it is no less certain that it has also caused the suffering of many spouses, not to mention that of their children. 

Faced with the fact that broken marriages are suffering the consequences of their disunity, the Church, supported by evangelical doctrine, has a compassionate attitude of welcome and help, asking God for them. John Paul II told the leaders of the Christian community "to help the divorced when, with solicitous charity, they do not feel separated from the Church, for they can even, as baptised persons, take part in her life. "(FC 84).

Lord, grant the grace of fidelity to those who are united in marriage. May they live the joy of mutual belonging.

(Psalm 127) May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.



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