Homily of the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
‘Save the Family’
The readings today insist on unity in marriage and family. In effect from creation, by instituting the sacrament of marriage, God willed that man and woman should be together and form a family. In our society where some marriages end up in divorce even on trivial matters, the Gospel becomes very pertinent. Jesus reiterates the fact that family is the fundamental unit of society because “A society built on a family scale is the best guarantee against drifting off course into individualism or collectivism, because within the family the person is always at the centre of attention as an end and never as a means” (Cf. Compendium, n° 213). To this effect, “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen 2:18).
From the texts that narrate the creation of man (cf. Gen 1:26-28, 2:7-24) there emerges how — in God’s plan the couple constitutes “the first form of communion between persons”. Eve is created like Adam as the one who, in her otherness, completes him (cf. Gen 2:18) in order to form with him “one flesh” (Gen 2:24; cf. Mt 19:5-6). Then the Bible says, “For this reason a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife and the two become one flesh”. It is so important that all the books in the world cannot contain a complete reflection on it. With so much confusion and outright distortion on the meaning of the family it is worth noting that the Christian family is a good moment to review the basics and importance of family.
In his post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the family Familiaris Consortio Pope Saint John Paul II observes that in the modern world, the family has been beset by the many profound and rapid changes that have affected society and culture. While many families are living this situation in fidelity to those values that constitute the foundation of the institution of the family, others have become uncertain and bewildered over their role or even doubtful and almost unaware of the ultimate meaning and truth of conjugal and family life. However, we must value of Marriage and of the Family.
Our readings today make us understand that family and marriage are willed by God in the very act of creation, interiorly ordained to fulfilment in Christ and have need of His graces in order to be healed from the wounds of sin and restored to their “beginning”. On this note, we must protect and strife to save the family whenever there is a drive to drift it from its “beginning” as willed by God.
Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, cmf
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