Monday, September 28, 2009

Mark 10:1-16: The Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, October 4, 2009

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God:


1And from there he set out and went into the territory of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And again crowds came together before him, and as was his custom, again he taught them. 2And after the Pharisees came, in order to test him, they asked him a question, "Is it permissible for a man to release his wife?" 3And he answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?" 4And they said, "Moses allowed him to write a certificate of divorce and to release her."5And Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart, he wrote to you that commandment. 6From the beginning of creation, male and female he made them. 7For this reason, a person will leave behind his father and his mother and become joined to his wife. 8And the two will become one flesh, so that they are no longer two but one flesh. 9Now what God has yoked together, let no person separate.

10And in the house, again the disciples questioned him concerning this. 11And he said to them, "Whoever might release his wife and might marry another, then he commits adultery against her. 12And if she might release her husband and might marry another, she commits adultery."
13And they continually brought children to him, so that he might touch them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14But when Jesus saw, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me. Don’t try to stop them. For to these is the Kingdom of God. 15Amen I say to you, unless you might receive the Kingdom of God as a child, then you will absolutely not enter into it." 16And after he took them into his arms, he blessed them and lay his hands upon them.


  1. Hopefully we can avoid ideological and / or negative sermons on this
    one and hold up the importance and value of marriage.

    Sunday I finished a book by a Catholic author which included a
    chapter on marriage. I really enjoyed this little book. (151 pp.) The
    book is called SACRED PASSAGES: Bringing the Sacraments to Life by
    Bert Ghezzi. (Remember to Roman Catholics Marriage is one of seven
    sacraments. Here are a few quotes to stimulate your thinking:

    "Although the couple minister the sacrament to each other. Christ is
    the real actor in the sacrament. He seals the marriage union, and as
    he does in every sacrament, he brings as a gift to the newlyweds all
    the power and blessing he won for us on the cross." (p.96)

    Quoting from H. Caffarels book MARRIAGE IS HOLY he reminds us that
    God stands behind marriage.

    "In the struggles of each day. against everything that threatens
    intimacy, another force will sustain the couple --- the very force
    that sustains the world in space---because it is also the creative
    force of their will and their love."
    (p. 97)

    Ghezzi goes on to write of marriage as a continuing source of grace.

    "So he arranged that ...marriage should not merely be a one shot
    deal, blessing the couple only on the wedding day and then leaving
    them to their own resources from then on. He established ...
    (marriage) ... as a continuing source of grace that would be
    available to the couple on a daily basis. When the LOrd seals the
    spouses' wedding vows on the wedding day, he makes himself the third
    partner in the relationship. He does not merely come along side the
    couple as a Helper, but he comes into them working from the inside to
    strengthen them for the work of building their marriage and family.
    That's good news because married life makes demands on us that we
    could not pay without God's help." (p.98)

    He continues to remind us of life's little thorns that can tear at
    us. They challenge us to grow in wrestling with them.

    Since many will be celebrating the Lord's Supper on Sunday, this poem
    quoted in Ghezzi's book may help some to tie marriage and the Lord's
    Supper together.

    As my heart opens up
    under your touch
    I hear your call to death Jesus
    whispering in peace
    offering my flesh in sacrifice
    waiting tenderly for my hour
    knowing that I am
    in the hand
    the heart
    the womb
    of your father
    I wait in silence
    the wedding. ---Jean Vanier--- (p. 151)

    This book has given me a lot to think about. Perhaps you will be
    blessed by it too.


  2. Often, I think Christians ask the wrong question with respect to divorce. We talk about finding the biblical grounds, when we should be discussing God's intention in marriage and how we might move in that direction.