Anyone at Mass on the first Sunday in October heard the same readings, including the bishops congregated in Rome for the Synod on the Family.

They were from Genesis: the creation of woman to be man’s perfect companion “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (establishing marriage). And from the gospel of Mark: Jesus challenged by the Pharisees on the question of divorce. His response: “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.”

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