Â Genesis 2:18-24
Then the LORD God said, â€œIt is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.â€ So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
â€œThis at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
this one shall be called Woman,
for out of Man this one was taken.â€
Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.
We see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
Â Â It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters,
Â Some Pharisees came, and to test Jesus they asked, â€œIs it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?â€ He answered them, â€œWhat did Moses command you?â€ They said, â€œMoses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.â€ But Jesus said to them, â€œBecause of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, â€˜God made them male and female.â€™ â€˜For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.â€™ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.â€
Â Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, â€œWhoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.â€
Â People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, â€œLet the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.â€ And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
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.