OCTOBER DEVOTION – THE HOLY ROSARY – DAY – 7 – THE SPIRITUAL WEAPON FOR MARRIAGES AND FAMILY LIFE
The Liturgy of the twenty seventh Sunday in ordinary time Year B focuses on topical issues about marriage and family life. Marriage is established by God according to the first reading and it was upgraded as a sacrament by Jesus in the Gospel of today. In the Gospel, the Pharisees pointed out the Mosaic Law that allowed an Israelite man to divorce his wife as contained in Deut. 24:1, that when a man finds in his wife ‘something indecent,’ he writes out a bill of divorce, hands it to her and dismisses her from his house. How about if the wife finds something indecent in her husband, can she also write a bill of divorce and hand it to her husband? It is not stated.
There is a story about an English Language teacher who asked her JSS 1 class: “what’s the word denoting a marriage with many wives? A student answered, “Madam, polygamy.” “Correct,” she said. “How about the crime of marrying a person while already legally married to someone else,” another student replied, “Madam, it is bigamy.” “Correct,” and the teacher said, “And how about a marriage with only one wife?” A student raised his hand and blurted out, “Madam, monotony!” Actually what the student meant was “monogamy,” of course. However, innocently his answer touched on a problem in marriage, that is, monotony as many in marriages today cry out. In the days of Jesus according to the Gospel reading, the evil and problem of marriage was repudiation and divorce. The story has not changed, it is rather getting worse with threats like homosexuality, lesbianism, delay in child bearing, interferences from in-laws, African traditional understanding of marriage, communication issues, mutual suspicion and lack of trust, equality issues and so on. Today many couples are living together without the benefit of marriage. Many marriages are at the verge of collapsing and some have even crashed. This calls for a sober reflection.
Our Lady said: “I request the families of the parish to pray the Family Rosary” (September 24, 1984) and “Let all the prayers you say in your home in the evenings be for the conversion of sinners because the world is in great sin. Every evening pray the Rosary” (October 8, 1984).