Readings Genesis 2, 18-24 / Mark 10, 2-16
Today’s liturgy of the Word speaks to us about God’s project for us human beings.
The book of Genesis tells us the story of the creation of humankind whom God made in his image. He created them male and female and he wanted them collaborators with Him in caring for the rest of his creation. The original state, in which humans were created, was that of the companionship of equals, not ownership by one or the other. It was love, not domination and subjection that God wanted, for He, the Creator, is love.
The gospel tells us how the Pharisees, in order to test Jesus, asked him if it was lawful for a man to divorce his wife, “for any cause?” Matthew adds. In God’s plan there was no hint of any separation between a man and his wife. So when Jesus quoted the creation story in his response to the Pharisees, he added the command: “What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder."