27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

A dog is a man’s best friend. Yes, well, maybe not. While we get quite attached to our pets and other animal friends, it is other persons who are our real friends.

“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh.” The best marriages, according to studies, are ones in which the husband and wife view each other as equals and share equally in the running of the home and the family. Tasks and decisions are shared, and there is agreement on the raising of children and they always have each other’s back when the little ones like to push their buttons. “If Daddy says no ask Mommy.” Oh no! You don’t get away with that trick, little one! Couples who have been married many years, have seen their children grow up and have seen their grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, are often seen happily conversing and holding hands in their nursing homes or other residences. It’s that lifelong respect for the other that keeps a marriage happy, despite the occasional disagreement. Respect is key. If this respect is missing, especially from the beginning, perhaps a true marriage did not exist. This is a mystery we deal with in sincere prayer.

Today’s Readings: Gn 2:18–24; Ps 128:1–2, 3, 4–5, 6; Heb 2:9–11; Mk 10:2–16 [2–12]

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