4 Oct 2009
Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, â€œIs it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?â€ He answered them, â€œWhat did Moses command you?â€ They said, â€œMoses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.â€ But Jesus said to them, â€œBecause of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, â€˜God made them male and female.â€™ â€˜For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.â€™ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.â€
Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, â€œWhoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.â€
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, â€œLet 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.â€ And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.