Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 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, let no one separate.” Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 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.”
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me is: “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” Lately, I have been thinking about how much children can lead us. They seem to be more advanced in spiritual matters than most adults that I know—partly because they don’t have all the distractions and partly because of the way that they see God in a purer way than many of us who have been in the faith for a long time. Think about what parts of your spiritual life are jaded or have fallen by the wayside with age. What parts of your spiritual life need a little dusting off? What parts of your spiritual life need a child’s perspective? When do you need to be like a little child and sit at the feet of the teacher?
Lord, I trust in your unfailing love, in your promises.
I give this day and all that it holds to you.
May I walk in your goodness,
knowing your gentle hand will guide me,
and keep me. Amen.
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