Ordinary Time, 7th Week
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”Mark 10:10-12
The Pharisees approached 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 him 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 him 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 embrace them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.
Divorce or whatever form of separation
God said it Himself: “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery… and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” Can you imagine how many adulterers in the world especially in countries where divorce is legal? Divorce is no different from legal separation or annulment. However, husbands and wives are guilty of adultery only if they marry another. In other words, the husband or the wife who is separated from his or her spouse in whatever form must not re-marry. What if he or she lives together with another without marriage? Is that an excuse from adultery?
In short, if you’re married and got separated from your spouse for whatever reason, you must not re-marry in order not to commit adultery. It is for the same reason why the Catholic Church does not allow anyone to be married twice in the Sacrament of Matrimony. The church allows annulment but it does not mean that you should re-marry.
How can one enter the Kingdom of God?
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.Mark 10:14-16
God is very clear: be like a child if you want to go to heaven, the Kingdom of God. Now you know: if you have killed, stolen, committed adultery, dishonoured your parents, ignored the “sabbath” (the Sunday Mass for the Christians), practiced sodomy, among others, you cannot go to heaven.
But it’s not too late. God is merciful. He also said that He will remember more the last thing that you did than those you did in the past. So, make sure that you do a good deed before your death.