17 Aug 2018
For 17 August 2018, Friday of week 19 in Ordinary Time, based on Matthew 19:3-9
Â Some Pharisees came to Jesus, and to test him they asked, â€œIs it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?â€ He answered, â€œHave you not read that the one who made them at the beginning â€˜made them male and female,â€™ and said, â€˜For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one fleshâ€™? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.â€ They said to him, â€œWhy then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her?â€ He said to them, â€œIt was because you were so hard-hearted that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.