Pentecost +18 - Year B
“Hardness of heart” is a disconnect with creation. It is this disconnect that is behind the surface of divorce. Disconnect can happen in any relationship - one to one or one to many.
Here it is tempting to focus on the doctrine of marriage and divorce. More to the point is a look at the disciples and how they are disconnected from non-disciples - children and others overlooked by them. This become an entry point to growth for all of us - how are we doing with our disconnects?
Can you hear G*D, Jesus, creation blessing where we would not. Listen again, “The disciples spoke sternly to the children”. Can you hear that as, “The disciples divorced themselves from the children”. Listen again to Jesus, “Do not stop the children”. Hear him say, “Do not divorce the children”.
Which of your disconnects haven’t yet eventuated in divorce, but will unless there is a change in your willingness to bless instead of restrict? It is time to get on with either stopping a disconnect and starting a larger blessing or to get on with a divorce?