“Let the Children Come To Me”

Jesus 2

The angels asked me awhile back to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Mark 10:2-16  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?” 
They replied,
“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.

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A very powerful reminder of the Divine Purpose of Marriage, and that the monogamous marriage is the ideal union. Divorce is like a “ripping of flesh”  as the two “become one flesh,” as well as being instituted as a concession of weakness. However, God’s Mercy extends to those who come to come and those who come to His Son , Jesus Christ with any weakness. God reminds us that the Sacrament of Marriage is a Grace and Divinely orchestrated. [see reference] 

Marriage also extends to the church, which is all of us, and that the church is the Bride of Christ. In union with Jesus, we can all enjoy Spiritual Communion and oneness in the Lord. Whereas separation causes “tearing”in the heart of the Lord- a “ripping of flesh”. Continuing to come to Jesus and to God, will not only increase communion in the Lord, but strengthens the church of God, and embraces us in the Heart of Christ Jesus, which is life for us all as the “body of Christ”. 

Children are so very loved in Heaven, by Jesus and God and his angels. God Loves everyone, and is welcoming us all to Him more often; asking us to not exclude anyone from coming to His Son, who loves all of us as one body. Children are also part of our domestic church, which is  the family home, where we first learn of God and His Son.  The angels say, “Love those around you.” 

Assisted with the angels 

Reference: Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2018

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