19th Week, Ordinary Time: Friday 16th August 2019

Daily Word Of God

Matthew 19:3-6

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and to put him to the test they said, ‘Is it against the Law for a man to divorce his wife on any pretext whatever?’

He answered, ‘Have you not read that the Creator from the beginning made them male and female and that he said: This is why a man leaves his father and mother and becomes attached to his wife, and the two become one flesh? They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh. So then, what God has united, human beings must not divide.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • In today’s Gospel Jesus asserts that the Sacrament of Marriage is indissoluble as marriages are united with and in God’s love.


  • The Gospel values are often disregarded in our secular society that disdains life-long commitment in marriage, chastity and morality. Today broken marriages and divorce rates continue to rise and show no sign of abating.


  • If married couples, through good and bad times, uphold with fidelity their sacred marriage vows made in the presence of God, they will surely with God’s grace, be able to resolve all their marital problems whenever they arise.