Mk10:2-16 [27th Sunday in Ordinary Time]

7th October, 2012 Readings: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I was actually looking for a lovely picture that showed the bond between 2 people and found a picture of 2 people holding hands and then it struck me that it looked like the hands of a person saying a prayer. 2 become 1 (: [jes]

 In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus addresses the issue of divorce, describing how God created Adam and Eve with an unbreakable union and how all married couples should strive to achieve this ideal. Obviously, in my personal journey in life, I’m not yet in a position to comment adequately on or give useful advice about marriage, so this would definitely not be the focus of my sharing. However, since I’m currently in a relationship with someone, that should probably provide a basis for some input (:

Before I go any further though, let me first state my belief that everything in my life thus far is a gift from God. However, not everyone will share this same conviction, since this depends on: the family conditions in which you were brought up in, the circumstances dictating your life and the balance between the good and bad occurrences you’ve had to deal with. I’m lucky enough to have had a good life, a good family, and of course, a good girlfriend. And, since God has been so generous to me, it is only right that I repay his generosity by giving him the best I could offer: my life.

Intimidating and ridiculous as it may sound for some, the call of a true Christian is to consecrate your life to God, whether you are attached or single. From the offset of my current relationship, the basic rule that both of us have been following is: God before the other. As much as we can, we try to make every moment of our relationship a celebration of God’s goodness in our lives. It is only in this way that I believe God can reveal properly the plans he has for each of us.

However, the journey is not always smooth sailing. As I’m living in the UK, far away from all my loved ones, evil and temptation lurk in the corner, waiting to pounce the moment I let my guard down. Therefore, in my current experience, I’ve found that it is even more important to cling on to the foundations I’ve set, to remember that even as I’m far away from my girlfriend, I can still make a conscious choice to glorify God through this relationship. As long as I continue to immerse myself in prayer, and in the presence of God, I’m confident that I can, at least, struggle till the end!

To end, I would just like to extend a reminder to whoever is reading this: You are loved by God! Whether things are going well in your life or not, it is essential to remind yourself that no matter the circumstances, you are worthy of God’s love, today, and tomorrow, and tomorrow….In God’s eyes, we are all his children, and He will never reject us, just like how Jesus did not reject the young ones (:

Pray for me that I come back in one piece!

Oliver.

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