They Are One Flesh

A reading from the Book of Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16
Blessed the husband of a good wife,
twice-lengthened are his days;
A worthy wife brings joy to her husband,
peaceful and full is his life.
A good wife is a generous gift
bestowed upon him who fears the Lord;
Be he rich or poor, his heart is content,
and a smile is ever on his face.
A gracious wife delights her husband,
her thoughtfulness puts flesh on his bones;
A gift from the Lord is her governed speech,
and her firm virtue is of surpassing worth.
Choicest of blessings is a modest wife,
priceless her chaste soul.
A holy and decent woman adds grace upon grace;
indeed, no price is worthy of her temperate soul.
Like the sun rising in the Lord’s heavens,
the beauty of a virtuous wife is the radiance of her home.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks Be To God!

A Reading from Proverbs 18:22, 31:10 (NLT):
The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD. Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks Be To God!

Responsorial Psalm
R. How good is the Lord to all.
The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in mercy.
How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.
R. How good is the Lord to all.
All your works shall thank you, O Lord,
and all your faithful ones bless you.
The eyes of all look to you
and you give them their food in due season.
R. How good is the Lord to all.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and holy in all his deeds.
The Lord is close to all who call him,
who call on him in truth.
R. How good is the Lord to all.

A Reading from the Book of Ephesians 5:33 (ESV):
However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks Be to God!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 10:6-9
Jesus said:
“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.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you Lord Christ

From the Commentary, we read: “A good wife is a great blessing to a man, and it is a token of Divine favour.” God established marriage in the Garden of Eden when He created Eve from Adam’s rib. “”This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.'” (Gen 2: 23), and Christ sanctified it through His miracle at the Wedding in Canna. We are to love our spouses as the Lord loves the Church and gave His life for her.

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, contain many of the same stories, just slightly retold from their own perspective. Jesus reiterates the Hebrew scripture from Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, noting that God is the source of creation, making men and women who are designed to become one flesh. The Genesis text speaks of the man being joined to his wife, yet Jesus’ final remarks drive the point home that the intent is for both of them to be together inseparably. God himself joined man and wife together; he has fitted them to be comforts and helps for each other. The bond which God has tied, is not to be lightly untied.

This passage reflects the hallmark of any sacrament – they are particular experiences of the Divine. God is doing the joining and no human being must separate it. This final phrase will be heard once again directly after the bride and groom have exchanged their consent and vows when the priest prays, “Let no one separate what God has joined.”

My beloved friends and followers of this blog I’m more than honored and pleased to introduce you to my beloved bride. On May 16th, 2017, in the presence of Almighty God I your Bishop and Vicar married the angel Almighty God sent into my life, Nicole “Snowy” Tatro. We met through my love of owls, and soon saw that we had more in common than humanly possible, and we knew that the Almighty had His Great Hand in this.

Soon we will be departing Florida and moving a bit more north, with a charge from the Church to fulfill the need of a Special Needs Parish. More details will follow. We ask your prayers going forward.

2 thoughts on “They Are One Flesh

  1. Padre Tatro, –First your scripture selections, then your music, superb as always, & the your words!!!! All to announce your blessed uniting in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony with Nicole “Snowy” just days ago, May 16! Boy, was I alert to that…Little did I know! Congratulations 100 times over!!!!!!!!! My best to Nicole & tell her about this old guy from New Jersey who sends his best wishes!!! And I can’t wait to hear where you are being called north of Florida to serve the needs of a Special Needs Parish!!!!! —Unique & exciting a calling by the Lord! Eddie, your life is out of your hands & surely guided by His footsteps in the sand. Phil

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