24 May Love and Fidelity (Mk 10:8-9) by Shane Kapler
Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB). Leaders. Guest Authors.
“They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” ~ Mk 10:8-9 (full readings)
Shane’s Reflections: In a very real sense, the culture of death has only been able to arise because the culture of love – of marital love – has been in a state of decay. We Christians have not lived Jesus’ teaching, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her,” and as a result, have cheapened our culture’s understanding of marriage, and the sacrificial nature of sexuality and parenthood. Where the life-long, sexual faithfulness of husband and wife is not prized, the sexual act loses its whole raison d’etre. As a result, pre-marital sex flourishes and “unplanned” and “accidental” pregnancies occur –and the environment becomes ripe for abortion.
* Shane Kapler is the author of “The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity From Its Center” and co-author of “Tending the Temple”. He works as a speech therapist in St. Louis, but his favorite “job” is being a Dad. Visit www.explainingchristianity.com.
Faith Challenge: We have to thoroughly understand and live – as difficult and as counter-cultural as it may be at this point – Jesus’ teaching about marriage. A fantastic place to find His teachings on the subject gathered in one place and reflected upon under the guidance of the Spirit is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, starting here at Paragraph 1601. Make time today to click that link and spend 5 minutes shoring up your foundation in Christ’s truth.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, LifeNews, American Family, Vatican, Project Rachel.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
Faith Quote: “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” ~ Pope John Paul II
Through Christ our Lord,