Monday, October 5, 2009

Homily on Mark 10:2-16

""But from the beginning of the 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 then they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mk. 10:6-9)

In the name of Jesus.  Amen.  When the Pharisees come to Jesus with their vicious and lying lips to trick him, our Lord does not indulge them.  In our own similar debates with God he is infinitely merciful.  He speaks His Gospel, “From the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female…the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.’  

The Pharisees as spiritual deaf, dumb, and blind corpses in an old demonic debate – seek to separate God’s gift from its giver.  To pervert that gift, to hoard it and make the gift into their own fallen image: a scene of adultery, fornication, lies, and excuses.  

God is a man who does not divorce His bride.  Though he becomes flesh and blood like us…tempted and afflicted like us – suffers like us – he does not once entertain the idea of divorce or separating from us.  He is incapable of it.  In this way He is not like us.  He is bound up in His promise…I do…unto death…

In the sleep of crucifixion death, God forms His bride from the new Adam who never took his eyes off of his beloved.  And from his pierced side He spills out the heavenly flood of water and the drink of immortal life in his blood.  He covers the lying and deceitful lips of the Pharisees.  He covers our shame from the sins of our youth.  He quiets our troubled hearts and reclaims them by showing the loving heart of the Father, who sends the son, “Go bright Jewel of My crown…from sin and sorrow set them free”  
He cannot take his eyes off of you.  He says “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh!”  Now His love is not like ours.  He does not choose you as His beloved because of your faith or religious convictions.  He does not find those whom are pleasing to him.  He creates them.  He forms His beloved church – covers your imperfections with his holy perfection.  

He does not call it quits when the times get tough – in the bitter agony of death. He rebukes the devil, for a divorce certificate, “Father deliver us from evil…your will be done..forgive them Father”  Our Lord’s will is to suffer for your sins and shame…He marries His bride at the moment of the cross in which mercy flows through all eternity.  What God has joined together let not man separate. 

In this Holy Supper, Jesus Christ speaks the Last Day today, and in His body joyfully presides at the wedding banquet - distributing and lavishing His gifts on us saying “Take eat…take drink…all this is for you…for the forgiveness of sins…let nothing separate us.”      

As Ezekiel recounts the Lord's love toward Israel...we see the new promise in Christ opened up to us...              
And when I passed by you and saw you wallowing in your blood, I said to you in your blood, 'Live!' I said to you in your blood, 'Live!'  I made you flourish like a plant of the field. And you grew up and became tall and arrived at full adornment. Your breasts were formed, and your hair had grown; yet you were naked and bare. When I passed by you again and saw you, behold, you were at the age for love, and I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness; I made my vow to you and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord God, and you became mine. (Ez 16:6-8)

In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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