Mark 10:2-16 NRSVue

2Some, testing him, asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,, 8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

10Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

13People were bringing children to him in order that he might touch them, and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Some thoughts on this scripture

Maybe our prayer today could be for marriage. if. If you are married, offer your love and your concern for your spouse to God - ask for God’s help in your love. We might all pray for those who find their marriages difficult or are close to breakdown. We can bring to our prayer those about to be married, giving thanks for the gifts we receive through the married love of others.

Two 'cares' in the gospel today - care for marriage and care for children. Maybe in prayer today we can bring to mind people who are close to and who have marriage or family cares, and pray for them. Help us, Lord, to truly care for the earth, for marriage and for children in our society.