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The social cost of migration (Part I)

The social cost of migration (Part I)

October 8, 2006 is the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Gospel: 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 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. (Mark 10:2-16)
The First Reading is the second story of creation in the Book of Genesis. The first story of creation is from Genesis 1:1-31. The title "Genesis" was given because of its concern with the "primeval story" - the origin of the world and of the human race (Genesis 1:1 to 11:26) and the story of the ancestors-family of Israel starting with Abraham, Sarah and Hagar; his son Isaac and Rebecca; grandson Jacob, Leah and Rachel; and the great grandson Joseph (Genesis 12:1 to 50:26). While we must not read and interpret the story of creation and the ancestors as history in the strict sense, the Book of Genesis is a literary masterpiece and contains religious teachings on God's preexistence and transcendence, and God's love to all his creation: "God created man and woman in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female God created them" (Genesis 1:27).
In Chapter 2 of Genesis, God created man and woman "out of the clay of the ground," (Genesis 2:7) before the rest of his creatures and the monogamous unity of man and woman as God willed: "A man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body" (Genesis 2:24). Chapter 2 of Genesis 2:4b-25 is a much older story of creation than the narrative in Chapter 1 Genesis 1:1-31.
Reading 1: The LORD God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him." So the LORD God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all wild animals; but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man. So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, the man said: "This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called 'woman,' for out of 'her man' this one has been taken." That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh. (Genesis 2:18-24).
Wisdom psalms are concerned with the problem of evil, the suffering of the innocent and the justice of God. Psalm 128 declares that God will shower His blessings to those who fear (to keep his/her faith) in the Lord and walk in His ways (v.1). God's blessing is concrete -- a happy home and the blessings of their children. They will enjoy the fruit of their work and will be happy and prosper (v.2-4). The Lord will grant them long life and they will enjoy to see their children's children (v.5-6).
Responsorial Psalm: May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives. Blessed are you who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways! For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork; blessed shall you be, and favored. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the recesses of your home; your children like olive plants around your table. Behold, thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD. The LORD bless you from Zion: may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel! (Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6).


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