August 27. Sunday 21A. Fr Joseph smiled to himself as he prepared his homily. God really was amazing in creating men and women the way he did. Using the bible story of Adam having to look for a mate amongst the animals is nice but the real point is the reality of the differences between men and woman. At times this can be a source of awful conflict and yet also a source of endless delight. If only couples could be made to understand that. If only the Church could come to a deeper understanding too about those deeper aspects of sexuality and not get bogged down in narrower issues of fertile times and contraception. I think, sadly, that we often miss the point. But I must be careful how I put that to the people. I really want them to appreciate the wisdom of God in creation. How can that come across in a homily. It will need a whole retreat, or even a lifetime.
Reflect, share, act. Scripture “O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been his counsellor?” Romans 11:33-36. Pope Francis. A couple’s fruitful relationship becomes an image for understanding and describing the mystery of God himself, for in the Christian vision of the Trinity, God is contemplated as Father, Son and Spirit of love. The triune God is a community of love and the family is its living reflection. AL 11