Father Csaba’s reflection on the gospel Friday 1 March 2019
"what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mark 10,11
This saying of Jesus we always apply to marriage, family ! Here in a foreign land , in a big city of 12 million inhabitants, Kinshasa, where I met lots of lovely children , kind people , I definitely sense that God planted the love of the homeland as well, deeply within me, within us ! ! The question is , what can we do to make this bond strong enough that in such a drifting world it will keep us in our homeland ? It seems as though the people here love their homeland very much, are proud of their heritage , but according to a local tour guide, no such person lives in this big city who if they could, would not happily go to Europe!
There are lots of problems in the families as well , but we always say that it is God who stored up your heart for the love towards your wife, your husband , and He also wants you that solving the problems you live together happily ever after . Endure in love by becoming refined, forming each other in love , because for him and she for you are the gift of God, his/ her life-belt . With , beside him/her you can discover your faults, your boundaries and together , trusting in each other , continuing a dialogue you unfold , materially, humanity , but spiritually as well ! By moulding, forming you also become “formed” , by benefiting your companion , you also make yourself nicer at the same time , with the same work, patience !
One thing is for certain , just like in many parts of the big, wide world here in the Congo as well there are lots problems waiting to be solved ! Today we went to a school , where 6-700 children are studying, but there is no electricity and in the classrooms apart from the desks there is only one big blackboard painted on the wall ! To face up to the realistic problems , perhaps to ask for help and solve those , or else to leave everything behind and go into a foreign land ? The way I see this, that more and more in many places this is the big question !?
I believe that Jesus Christ wants us to become attached more and more to our family, but to our homeland as well ! It is quite certain that He does not want our world to perish in the hell of a newer migration! That is why I am convinced that for us priests , just the same as for the prosperity, success of the families we have to do everything , to help the young people , the nations that staying in their own homeland they can create a life fit for a human being !
Do not part ! Do not leave your homeland ! Reading today’s gospel here in the Congo these two sentences are resounding in my heart , that I share lovingly with you !
Swept abroad ,your lesser brother
translated by dr k.e.
The Word of God
He left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them.
Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ They said, ‘Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But 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, let no one separate.’
Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.’
Mark 10, 1-12