"Today the Church celebrates the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. The assigned readings are Genesis 2:18-24, Hebrews 2:2-11,
and Mark 19:2-16. The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 128 (Psalm 128:1-6).
For one version of the Responsorial Psalm set to music, please visit:
YouTube: May the Lord Bless Us All the Days of Our Lives. Psalm 128 (B086)
The Gospel reading is as follows:
The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" They were testing him.
He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?"
They replied, "Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her."
But Jesus told them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. 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, no human being must separate."
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this. 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."
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Then he embraced them and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.
Reflections on these readings:
Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Salesian Sunday Reflections: Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (October 3, 2021)
In Exile: Accepting Disappointment in Love (27th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)
Glancing Thoughts: Marriage (27th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)
The Perspective of Justice: The Great Sign (27th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)
The Word Embodied: The Two Shall Become as One (27th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)
Historical Cultural Context: Marriage and Divorce in Jesus' World (27th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)
Thoughts from the Early Church: Commentary by Jacob of Serugh (27th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)