St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish

Theme:

“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mark 10:9)

 

Introduction:

It looks like every time Jesus was in Judea, he cannot get away from tough questions and

challenges from some public leaders such as Pharisees, scribes and Sadducees. During

such moments of challenges, Jesus relied on private moments to teach his apostles and

disciples. How do we make it easy for Jesus to teach us? What difficult situations do we

create for Jesus whenever he offers his teaching, grace and blessings? How often do we

allow Jesus to teach us in private moments of our hearts and thoughts? Are we easily

distracted from the main purpose of following God (because of concerns related to

questions of marriage, divorce, care of children, leadership, etc?) Jesus was teaching

about the kingdom of God and the blessings of God, but some Pharisees try to distract

him and his followers by asking questions about divorce, marriage, and certificates:

“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 Jesus took them up in his arms,

laid his hands on them, and blessed them.” (Mark 10:14-16)

What can we do to keep our focus on the kingdom of God? What can we do to keep our

focus on the blessings of God? We probably need to avoid separating our mind, heart and

attention from the kingdom and the blessings of God. In fact, we should place marriage

within the kingdom and the blessings of God by making all the effort that will keep the

marriage, the children and the relationship from being separated from the kingdom and

blessings of God: “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Mark

10:9). The kingdom and the blessings of God include married people, children and

everyone. All questions and comments should not lead to separating the married people,

children and relationship from the kingdom and the blessings of God. In order that God

may bless children, their parents and adults need to make the effort to lead the children

from getting separated from God:

“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.’” (Mark 10:14)

 

What effort are we making so that people can bring over their children to the kingdom of

God? What effort do we make so that what God has joined together in our heart, in our

mind and in our life, we might not separate them? We need to keep the kingdom of God

intact. We need to keep the grace of God undamaged. We need to keep the blessings of

God unbroken:

 

“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.

Jesus 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 Jesus 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.’” (Mark 10:4-14)

After of the sufferings Jesus bore to save humanity, we need to keep his glory and honour

unbroken and undamaged. We need to keep his glory and honour perfect:

“We do indeed see Jesus,

who for a little while was made lower than the angels,

now crowned with glory and honour

because of the suffering of death,

so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

It was fitting that God,

for whom and through whom all things exist,

in bringing many children to glory,

 

should make the pioneer of their salvation

perfect through sufferings.

For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified

all have one Father.

For this reason

Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.” (Hebrews 2.9-11)

We need to the keep everything that God entrusted into our hands and life. We need to

keep our partnership with God so that we can keep partnership in our human

relationships:

“The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground,

and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,

and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

Then the Lord God said,

‘It is not good that the man should be alone;

I will make him a helper as his partner.’

So out of the ground

the Lord God formed every animal of the field

and every bird of the air,

and brought them to the man to see what he would call them;

and whatever the man called every living creature,

that was its name.

The man gave names to all cattle,

and to the birds of the air,

and to every animal of the field;

but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner.

So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man,

and he slept;

then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.

And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man

he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

Then the man said,

‘This at last is bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;

this one shall be called Woman,

for out of Man this one was taken.’

Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother

and clings to his wife,

and they become one flesh.” (Genesis 2.7ab,8b,18-24)

Conclusions:

How do we make it easy for God to keep every blessing whole and entire in our life?

How do we keep the kingdom and blessings of God unbroken? How do we maintain the

perfect glory and honour of the Jesus, in all that God entrusted into our hands? How can

we avoid a hardness of heart?