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St. Jerome Emiliani

Hebrews 13:1-8
Psalm 27:1, 3, 5, 8-9
Mark 6:14-29

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marriage matters

"Let marriage be honored in every way and the marriage bed be kept undefiled." —Hebrews 13:4

When God revealed to the world His Ten Commandments, he set aside two of them to teach the human race about His thoughts on marriage:

  1. "You shall not commit adultery" (Ex 20:14).
  2. "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife" or husband (Ex 20:17).

St. Thomas More and St. John the Baptist died as martyrs making a stand for God's definition of marriage. Surely many others have suffered greatly over the centuries as well for the sake of God's plan for marriage.

Sadly, numerous people do not hold such obedient, self-sacrificial regard for God's plan for marriage. Adultery and infidelity abound, both in practice and on the screen. The so-called modern "redefinition" of marriage to include anything other than that of a union before God of one man and one woman does not honor marriage in every way (see Heb 13:4). Contraception and sterilization, pornography, living together before marriage, and fornication are a few of the ways marriage is dishonored.

In the secular culture, those with agendas rebelling against God's plan for marriage thunder in their secular and social media pulpits. Yet God's Word declares: "Let marriage be honored in every way" (Heb 13:4). Our legal system does not have the final word. Almighty God "will judge fornicators and adulterers" (Heb 13:4), and all who encourage such behavior. How will God judge your thoughts and actions about marriage on Judgment Day? Repent!

Prayer:  Father, may we care only about Your plan.

Promise:  "The Lord is my Light and my Salvation." —Ps 27:1

Praise:  St. Jerome Emiliani founded many orphanages, living out his spiritual fatherhood.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 24, 2018

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