The Nobility of Marriage

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Which is the greatest (first) of all the commandments? Jesus is asked that question in today's Gospel reading from Mark 12. Be sure to read His answer.

In our first reading from Tobit 6, 7 and 8, we read about the wedding of Tobiah, Tobit's son, and Sarah. Sarah had been married seven times before and all her husbands died on the wedding night. But on their first night together, Tobiah says to his wife, "Let us pray and beg our Lord to have mercy on us and to grant us deliverance." He prays, "Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on her, and allow us to live together to a happy old age."

What a beautiful scene! For me, this is a reminder of the nobility of marriage. My bride and I pray for marriages daily, and I ask you to join us. Couples should always remember the nobility of marriage, and keep God at the center of their marriages. If you're married and you and your spouse are not praying together, why not start today? Ask the Lord for his grace and mercy daily.

Father, bless marriages and help couples to remember the nobility of marriage and always draw closer to you. Amen.

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  • James Wagner: June 13, 2023

    Hi Gus!
    I enjoy listening to your show and have for many of years.
    I had a divorce back in 2008 (was married for 31 years) and was remarried in 2017 (annulment by the church) to a Lutheran woman. It was a prayer for me to God to remind him that’s “it’s not good for man to be alone”, hence todays reading. So today I struggle with how to begin prayer together with my new wife. I’ve approached it a couple of times already. Prayer is personal to her. We pray together at church but not at home.
    Your thoughts will be appreciated!

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