Read: Mark 10: 2-16
Meditation: “No Place for Pretense”
As Jesus moved increasingly toward Jerusalem, he had little time or energy for putting up with artificial or superficial religion. There was no room for pretense. Whenever he encountered it (whether it the religious leaders, or his own disciples), he came against it.
With respect to marriage—he took on the religious leaders who had trivialized marriage so that it could be essentially “on paper” rather than in the heart. A hard-line—no superficial separations.
With respect to taking time for children—he took on his own disciples, who were inclined to operate with a “religious celebrity” image of Jesus, an image that said a person of his importance was simply too busy to stop for insignificant things. A hard-line—there’s always time for people, no matter who you are.
No matter how we live, we must do so from our liberation from pretense. Life is always lived from the heart. When customs and practices do not represent that, they must be challenged and overturned.