Oct 03, 2021 |
Humans Are Meant to be Together| The Rev. Melanie W. J. Slane
Humans Are Meant to be Together
Some Pharisees come to test Jesus and they asked, is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife? And Jesus basically says, sure, it's aloud. But from the very beginning of creation, from the very beginning way back in Genesis, people we're meant we're made to be together. Separating them in any way is going to be a very, very painful experience. And in Jesus' time, it was almost always the most painful for the woman, because the patriarchy made sure that a woman could barely survive without a man to provide for her the basic necessities of life. Now we are in a lot of ways in a very, very different time, but divorce is still a painful experience. And it's usually still the most painful for the most vulnerable one...Jesus is reminding us today that when we separate ourselves from other people, be it through divorce or racism or classism or sexism or any of the other isms: When we separate ourselves from other people for any reason, we are not living the way that God intended for us to live, which is in harmony.