Jesus knows it is a fundamental question, one that defines not only marriage, but man himself. If a man’s spousal love for his wife can end, it throws into doubt God’s spousal love for all men.
Jesus replies to the Pharisees that God’s definition for marriage is an unconditional and unbreakable fidelity. The Pharisees argue for a lesser definition, but Jesus insists on God’s plan, not man’s. “They are no longer two but one flesh,” Jesus says. “What God has joined together, no human being must separate.” For the last 80 years civil society has been arguing that man must be able to separate what God has joined. Legalized divorce is called a “reform.” How much suffering has resulted, especially among children, because of this “reform?”
Four cardinals have asked Pope Francis to reaffirm Christ’s definition of marriage. He has chosen thus far not to respond. Other cardinals have said that the Church’s rules on marriage are too harsh, and unrealistic. Who came up with these rules? they ask. The answer is clear in Friday’s gospel: Jesus Christ; he affirmed God’s law that was established for us before the beginning of time. The Church has been following His definition of marriage, a high calling to be sure, since her foundation 2000 years ago. Can a priest, can a bishop or cardinal, can a pope, redefine Christ’s definition of marriage? He would find himself to be arguing not with men, but with God.