It’s a given that 1 + 1 = 2; well, for at least, based on computations, but the answer is not always 2. There are times wherein 2 becomes 1.

There’s this substitute teacher who asked what seemed like a silly question to the class. He looked stern and serious as he queried, “What’s 1 + 1?”

The whole class laughed at what they thought was a joke. Who didn’t know what 1 plus 1 was, right? But then, one student randomly spouted two.

The teacher smiled and shook his head. He popped the p in the nope.

“It is important to be aware of marriage, of what the Sacrament of Matrimony does. Yes, in Mathematics, the answer is two, but when it comes to God, it’s one. You, children, should be aware about this so that when you grow old enough for marriage, you’re knowledgeable and wise enough to make decisions for a married life. Always remember that in marriage, 1 + 1 = 1. You don’t continue to be separate beings; you become one.”

Story inspired by a homily