神父講道 – 常年期第十九週 (週五) (2012年8月17日)

恭讀聖瑪竇福音 19:3-12

那時候,有些法利塞人來到耶穌跟前,試探他說:「許不許人為了任何緣故,休自己的妻子呢?」他回答說:「你們沒有念過,那創造者自起初就造了他們——男和女;且說:『為此,人要離開父親和母親,依附自己的妻子,兩人成為一體』的話嗎?這樣,他們不是兩個,而是一體了。為此,凡天主所結合的,人不可拆散。」他們對他說:「那麼,為什麼梅瑟還吩咐人下休書休妻呢?」耶穌對他們說:「梅瑟為了你們的心硬,才准許你們休妻;但起初並不是這樣。如今我對你們說﹕無論誰休妻﹐除非因為姘居﹐而另娶一個﹐他就是犯奸淫;凡娶被休的,也是犯奸淫。」門徒對他說﹕「人同妻子的關係﹐如果是這樣﹐倒不如不娶的好。」耶穌對他們說:「這話不是人人所能領悟的,只有那些得了恩賜的人,才能領悟。因為有些閹人,從母胎生來就是這樣;有些閹人,是被人閹的;有些閹人,卻是為了天國,而自閹的。能領悟的,就領悟吧!」

—上主的話。

(19th Week in Ordinary Time – Friday)

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew 19:3-12

3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” 8 He said to them, “For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery.” 10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry.” 11 But he said to them, “Not all men can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it.”

—The Gospel of the Lord.

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每日聖言靜思 常年期第十九週 (週五) 8月17日

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瑪19:3-12   (讀經 ── 則16:1-15, 60, 63   詠:依12:2-6)
有些法利塞人來到耶穌跟前,試探他說:「許不許人為了任何緣故,休自己的妻子呢?」他回答說:「你們沒有念過,那創造者自起初就造了他們——男和女;且說:『為此,人要離開父親和母親,依附自己的妻子,兩人成為一體』的話嗎?這樣,他們不是兩個,而是一體了。為此,凡天主所結合的,人不可拆散。」他們對他說:「那麼,為什麼梅瑟還吩咐人下休書休妻呢?」耶穌對他們說:「梅瑟為了你們的心硬,才准許你們休妻;但起初並不是這樣。如今我對你們說:無論誰休妻,除非因為姘居﹐而另娶一個﹐他就是犯奸淫;凡娶被休的,也是犯奸淫。」門徒對他說:「人同妻子的關係,如果是這樣,倒不如不娶的好。」耶穌對他們說:「這話不是人人所能領悟的,只有那些得了恩賜的人,才能領悟。因為有些閹人,從母胎生來就是這樣;有些閹人,是被人閹的;有些閹人,卻是為了天國,而自閹的。能領悟的,就領悟吧!」

默 想

  • 天主教那非常嚴格的「不可拆散」的婚姻觀,就是從這段經文而來的。
  • 不過,人總不會完美。天主教徒也會面對婚姻困難。所以,教會在因應困難的情況下,發展出「婚姻無效」的應變方法。他們不是離婚,因為天主教是不准離婚的,但他們宣誓的那段婚姻是無效的。
  • 當然不是人人都可申請婚姻無效。要有十分充足的理由的。
  • 不過,我最奇怪的是,為何有錢的人多數會成功申請到婚姻無效?是不是搜集有利自己的證據更為容易?