27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Let the little children come to me, do not stop them.
Today’s Gospel has a very interesting real time parallel. The purpose of asking Jesus about marriage was to have him killed. They asked Jesus in the territory of Herod, the same place his cousin John was imprisoned because of his speaking of marriage. They wanted Jesus to speak of marriage to entrap him. You would have thought a wise Jesus would have avoided the question. This is very similar to today - the world really wants to crucify us over marriage. Many times we think the way to go would be to shut up or change our teaching to satisfy the world. But the Church, like Jesus, instead of remaining silent because of danger, needs to, and will use, this opportunity to proclaim the good news about the divine institution of marriage. We, like Christ, have to proclaim the good news without fear because at stake is not merely an institution, but the dignity and the wellbeing of the human person. I have heard people being concerned about the Church, that she will change her laws on marriage and divorce, that the Church will bless same sex unions. The Church cannot change these things because they are the truth.