Gospel MK 10:2-16
The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked,
"Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?"
They were testing him.
He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?"
"Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce
and dismiss her."
But Jesus told them,
"Because of the hardness of your hearts
he wrote you this commandment.
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
So they are no longer two but one flesh.
Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate."
In the house the disciples again questioned Jesus about this.
He said to them,
"Whoever divorces his wife and marries another
commits adultery against her;
and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
she commits adultery."
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
"Let the children come to me;
do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to
such as these.
Amen, I say to you,
whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child
will not enter it."
Then he embraced them and blessed them,
placing his hands on them.
+Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your Love.
As the Pharisees approach Jesus they ask Him: "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" They are approaching Jesus (they are coming before Jesus, who is God) with a question which would seem they already have a sense if not clarity on the answer. Otherwise why bring it up to Him? What does Jesus say to them? He points their focus towards two things: what the current law says, (which a human being, a God fearing man albeit (Moses), has set down, and what God has said and spoken from the very beginning! And His Word is timeless, through all ages it holds as Truth. With His Word on this topic, all further arguments and debates are put to rest, they are clarified, they need no longer be debated, as nothing of God’s laws change. But there is more our Lord Jesus is saying. Let us read on….
“whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Why does Jesus share with his disciples about accepting the kingdom like a child? Remember he has just spoken to them aside from the Pharisees, confirming that what they heard him say earlier is the Truth- that’s how it is. Why is Jesus adding this now? What does this have to do, with the topic he just talked about?
When I worked in school for years, I recall how the little ones accepted the words you spoke, without critique, debate or argument. ( We are talking here about little children.) They just accepted the truth you spoke with open hearts, maybe they didn’t understand but they obeyed.
Where in my life do I find myself resisting what I know to be God’s law? God’s will for me? What difficult situation in my life, do I find myself seeking liberation from, rather than embracing what is God’s will for me? To accept the Truth and to live in the Truth takes tremendous humility.
Prayer: Lord , you have said to learn one thing from you; “to be meek and humble of heart” teach me humility through obedience of heart. Amen.