First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo
Mark 10:2-16: This sermon explains how Jesus' comments about divorce and his welcoming the children are connected. In 1st century Palestine, divorce meant economic and social ruin for the wife. Jesus is saying human beings are not disposable, and a case in point is the children seeking Jesus' blessing. They have no status in the culture, they have no way to "earn" God's love, which is how we are all to receive it: as a gift of grace for all. God's concern is for the hurt, the suffering, the impoverished, the tossed aside. Jesus shows us this by saying, "Let them come,"