Mark 10-2-16 – The 19th Sunday after Pentecost â€“ for Sunday, October 4, 2015
â€œWhen Jesus saw this, he grew angry and said to them, â€˜Allow the children to come to me . . .â€™â€ (Mark 10:14)
In a slice of Markâ€™s Gospel highlighting the religious laws about divorce in Jesusâ€™ day and that adultery was nearly universal (in Jesusâ€™ day or today), its final verses flummoxed me.
People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them . . .
Please, let me elaborate on divorce. Iâ€™m an expert! Iâ€™ve been divorced. Please, let me bemoan adultery. If not an expert in adulterous waysâ€”trust me, Iâ€™m notâ€”Iâ€™m at least an amateur. After all, in one of the many irksome Gospel passages, Jesus challenged us easily flummoxed humans to realize that merely leering at another (Matthew 5:27-28) was adultery. How prescient, since old Mr. Know-It-All, aka Jesus of Nazareth, commented about lustful gazes, gawks, and glances long before the Internet. What happened in Jesusâ€™ dayâ€”inappropriately daydreaming about your fellow villagersâ€”is now easy as a mouse click in the era of Ashley Madison and dating apps that range from the safe to the, er, weird. Continue reading →