11 February 2021

Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Thursday of the 5th week in ordinary time, February 11, 2021

Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps. Reading and meditation on the Word of God on Thursday of the 5th week in ordinary time, February 11, 2021. Reading delivered by Leo Joseph and meditation delivered by Calista Virginia Leo (they are teachers from Saint Peter’s School in Jakarta, Indonesia). Genesis 2: 18-25; Rs psalm 128: 1-2.3.4-5; Mark 7: 24-30.


The theme for our meditation today is: Couple. One of the very special qualities of creation from the very beginning made by the Creator was the partner or the couple. Heaven was paired with earth. Land paired with the sea. Day paired with night. Hot paired with cold. To the point of creation said to be the image and likeness of God Himself, God made human beings also paired male and female. Having a partner is basically natural and divinely created.

There was a discussion among high school students who had just finished taking religion lesson. They discussed among themselves about life in pair. One student said in this way: “God is very wise, that by giving His creation in pairs, they look after and help each other.” Another commented: “It is really not good if each creation is independent, it cannot give its uniqueness which is different from the others, particularly to its partner. Another one also responded: “Pairing is a condition for balance and beauty. If a creation is alone it is not balanced, not beautiful, and not attractive.”

Then the fourth student had his chance to talk. He asked his friends in this way: “Who or what is the spouse of God?” At this point of the discussion, they needed time to think and reflect. They finally agreed on the answer. Since God is the Creator, it is very natural for Him to be paired with the creatures, His own creation. In the beginning it was said that everything created was good, so He pairs with all that is good, what He had created from His own power.

In short, God indeed had made our lives so beautiful, complete and dignified through a life as couple or in pairs. We human beings are the most important of all creatures. We become the masterpiece of our Creator, namely men and women designed in such manner according to to the will of God to be dependent on one to another. The most precise expression for this relation and dependence is love. From a biological perspective, love is developed through the recognition that men are really different from women, and vice versa. If there is no difference or uniqueness between a man and a woman, love becomes so unattractive.

From a spiritual perspective, love for a spouse or love that exits in a couple is expressed by following the example of our Lord, namely the self-sacrifice or the selfless love. When a man sacrifices himself for his spouse, which is the woman he loves, he indeed manifests the true love. God loves so much humans on this world as His spouse, so He sacrificed Himself to become human as we are, which is in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ has so great compassion and love to us. According to the Gospel reading today, He expressed this love to a pagan woman in the healing of her child. With this and so many examples of the love and compassion of the Lord, we have all freedom and initiatives to do the same. God’s commands should be clear for all of us, namely to love our partners. There is none from us in this world who lives without a partner!

Let’s pray. In the name of the Father … O Lord, make us true and just to our partners according to Your example of love. Hail Mary … In name of the Father …

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