Bible Study – October 9th 2018
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created
And you will renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
Lord, by the light of your Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In that same Spirit help us to relish what is right
And always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Scripture readings from 27th Sunday in ordinary time
Genesis 2: 18-24
Hebrews 2: 9-11
Gospel, Mark 10: 2-16
Is there a common theme?
One theme could be ‘The Human Family”
It is easy to see a link between the Old Testament reading and the Gospel; the foundational nature of marriage and what Jesus has to say about divorce. The Psalm also has the theme of marriage about it.
The notes on the front of the bulletin are helpful in understanding the gospel.
If we look at a similar passage in Matthew’s Gospel we can see what the response of the disciples was. Matthew 19: 10 ‘If such is the case between a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.’
Strange that they don’t see marriage as something wonderful, special and precious.
Why is this?
We could look at a problem which has existed between men and women since the fall. It is called the Adamic curse. Genesis 3: 11-19 and in verse 16 God says to the woman ‘your desire will be for your husband and he shall rule over you.’
The reading from Hebrews is harder to fit in with the theme of the Gospel. The book of Hebrews was written to a Jewish Christian church. We don’t know who wrote it though some think it was Paul because the name Timothy is mentioned at the end. We have letters from Paul to Timothy in the bible. The scholars say the style is very different to Paul’s other letters and so think it was written by somebody else.
I don’t think it was an accident the Father Neil used Eucharistic Prayer IV at Sunday evening’s mass. Let’s have a look at that and see if it ties in with the reading from the letter to the Hebrews.
May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.