Marriage and Divorce

October 3, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

GN 2:18-24 PS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 HEB 2:9-11

Explore the Sunday Gospel


MK 10:2-16 or 10:2-12

The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked,

"Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?"

They were testing him.

He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?"

They replied,

"Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce

and dismiss her."

But Jesus told them,

"Because of the hardness of your hearts

he wrote you this commandment.

But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.

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,

no human being must separate."

In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.

He said to them,

"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another

commits adultery against her;

and if she divorces her husband and marries another,

she commits adultery."

And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them,

but the disciples rebuked them.

When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,

"Let the children come to me;

do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to

such as these.

Amen, I say to you,

whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child

will not enter it."

Then he embraced them and blessed them,

placing his hands on them.


meet our extended family

Bl. Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve (Feast Day October 3)

February 16, 1916 – October 3, 1989

Jesús Emilio was born in Santo Domingo, Colombia, and entered seminary at the age of 13. He was ordained a priest in 1940 and entered the Xaverian Missionaries. While pursuing doctoral studies in Bogotá, he served as a chaplain in a women’s prison, a spiritual director for seminarians, and novice master for his community. Jesús Emilio was consecrated as a bishop in 1971, taking the name Jaramillo. The region entrusted to his care suffered from the ravages of the Colombian civil war where drug trafficking was rampant. Through his efforts, he was able to bring stability and security to the region, despite the powerful influence of the drug cartels and rebel groups. As bishop, Jaramillo championed the rights of the poor and was known as a dedicated shepherd who tirelessly worked for justice.  

Bishop Jaramillo was kidnapped on October 2, 1989, as he and another priest were making parish visits. The rebels eventually released the priest but murdered the bishop in revenge for the constant criticism of the rebels and his work for peace for the people of Colombia. Blessed Jesús Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve was beatified by Pope Francis on September 8, 2017. His memory is celebrated on October 3, the anniversary of his martyrdom.


Take time to chat

• Jesus invited the children to come to him in today’s Gospel story. Imagine that you are the child in the story. What is it like to be embraced and blessed by Jesus?

• In today’s Gospel, Jesus confirms that the union of a husband and wife is not a human convention, but a bond made by God himself. Why is it important for a husband and a wife to have God at the center of their relationship?

• Why does God want men and women to be faithful to each other in their marriage? In what way does this faithfulness strengthen the family?

• In his lifetime, Bl. Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve tirelessly worked for justice. What are some injustices in the world today? How can you work for justice in your neighborhood, school, and place of work?


Recipe of the week

Crockpot Italian Wedding Soup

This delicious and easy recipe is fitting as we reflect on marriage today.

12-16 ounces frozen meatballs, regular or mini (or you can use your own meatball recipe)

6 cups chicken broth

½ cup carrot, diced (about 3 medium carrots)

½ cup celery, diced (about 1 medium stalk)

¼ of an onion, chopped

1 minced clove of garlic

1 Tbsp. dried parsley

1 tsp. dried oregano

salt and pepper to taste

2 cups frozen chopped spinach, defrosted

pasta (Acini di pepe, orzo, or shape of your choice)

Place the meatballs in the slow cooker. Then add the chicken broth, seasoning, and vegetables. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. In the last half-hour of cooking, add the pasta and spinach and cook until tender. Serve with Parmesan cheese if desired.


Family Fun

Wedding Reception 2.0

Recreate your wedding reception or a special wedding/anniversary reception of a friend or family member. Set the table and use fancy decorations. Have everyone dress up. Try to recreate the menu as best as possible. Play instrumental music during the meal. At dinner, share memories from the special day. Afterward, pull out photo albums and continue the discussion.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Nuptial Blessing

The Nuptial Blessing is a beautiful moment in a Catholic wedding ceremony. It takes place after the bride and groom have exchanged their consent and have become husband and wife. In this blessing, the celebrant prays for the married couple and asks that God give them special graces. Invite one person to lead your family in this prayer. Offer the prayer for all the married couples in your immediate and extended family and any future marriages of your children.

O God, who by your mighty power

created all things out of nothing,

and, when you had set in place

the beginnings of the universe,

formed man and woman in your own image,

making the woman an inseparable helpmate to the man,

that they might be no longer two, but one flesh,

and taught that what you were pleased to make one

must never be divided;

O God, who consecrated the bond of Marriage

by so great a mystery

that in the wedding covenant you foreshadowed

the Sacrament of Christ and his Church;

O God, by whom woman is joined to man

and the companionship they had in the beginning

is endowed with the one blessing

not forfeited by original sin

nor washed away by the flood.

Look now with favor on these your servants,

joined together in Marriage,

who ask to be strengthened by your blessing.

Send down on them the grace of the Holy Spirit

and pour your love into their hearts,

that they may remain faithful in the Marriage covenant.

May the grace of love and peace

abide in your daughters

and let them always follow the example of those holy women

whose praises are sung in the Scriptures.

May husbands entrust their hearts to their wives,

so that, acknowledging them as their equal

and joint heir to the life of grace,

they may show them due honor

and cherish them always

with the love that Christ has for his Church.

And now, Lord, we implore you:

may these your servants

hold fast to the faith and keep your commandments;

made one in the flesh,

may they be blameless in all they do;

and with the strength that comes from the Gospel,

may they bear true witness to Christ before all;

(may they be blessed with children,

and prove themselves virtuous parents,

who live to see their children’s children.)

And grant that,

reaching at last together the fullness of years

for which they hope,

they may come to the life of the blessed

in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Through Christ our Lord.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

In today’s Gospel, people brought children to Jesus so that he could bless them. What are some ways that Jesus blesses us during Mass?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Invite an engaged or newly married couple into your home for dinner and pray over them for a strong faith-filled marriage.

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