Today’s Gospel reading is about a desperate mother who comes to Jesus and asks Him to heal her daughter. Since she is not a Jew, Jesus refuses at first. But because of her persistence, Jesus relents and her daughter is healed.
In the first reading from Genesis 2, we see God creating a “suitable partner” for the man – woman. “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh.” I want to talk about this concept of becoming one flesh.
The word “flesh” is often correlated only with the body. Certainly the marital embrace helps accomplish this notion of becoming one flesh, but it goes so much deeper. A married couple becoming one flesh encompasses a physical, spiritual and emotional oneness that can only be fully accomplished with the graces of the sacrament of matrimony. I always pray that married couples will always put God at the center of their lives and marriages. After all, the couple that prays together, stays together.
Father, pour out your graces upon marriages. Strengthen husbands and wives with all they need to die to self and truly become one flesh. Amen.
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