OCTOBER 7 – 27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME- MARK 10:2-16
In order to test Jesus, the Pharisees ask him whether it is lawful for a man and woman to get a divorce. Jesus answers by asking them a question, “What did Moses command you?” They reply that Moses permitted it. Then Jesus explains how the law Moses gave was in fact necessary, but that it was not the way God had first intended things to be. He reminds them of the creation story, and that because the man and woman become ‘one flesh’ they must not separate. The townspeople are bringing their children to Jesus so he can bless them, and the disciples try to stop them. Jesus says, “Let the children come to me.” He says the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are childlike, and only those who accept the Kingdom as a child does will be able to enter it. The disciples must have been sad to hear Jesus speak about divorce. God created us to be perfect, but because of sin we go through all kinds of struggles in our lives. Out of love, God forgives us and continues to call us to himself.
- How can you show God’s love to someone who is suffering because of divorce?
- How do you think Jesus felt to have all the children gathered around him?
- What does it mean for a grownup to be ‘childlike’?