“It is not good for man to be alone”, God says in today’s First Reading. Humans are social beings. God created us to live and work together, to share our lives, to care about-and for-each other. Shortly after this story, in Genesis, Cain asks the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The rest of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures answer with a resounding “Yes.” The great sign of the social nature of men and women is Marriage, in which “the two shall become one.” Another sign is the Eucharist, for as St. Paul says, “We, though many, are one body, for we all share in the one loaf and in the one cup.” Marriage and Eucharist are signs of sharing lives and living together.
Yet this unity is shattered every day by injustice, racism, poverty, hunger, homelessness, and war, as we see or hear, in every News bulletin. So, let us pray today that,”No man put asunder what God has joined together.”