Trinity 18 (B)
Rev’d Philip Heak
A man who had attended church for 25 years, a respected man, aleader in the church, came to the pastor and said, “Pastor, I’ve got something to tell you. I’ve never told this to a soul and it’s extremely difficult to tell you this now, but my wife and I have had a fight every day for the past 30 years of our marriage”.
The pastor was taken back, he didn’t know what to say to the man. Playing for time to gather his thoughts, he said, “Every day?”
“Yes, every day.”
“Did you today before you came to church?”
“Well, how did it end up?”
“She came crawling to me on her hands and knees.”
“What did she say?”
“Come out from under that bed you coward and fight like a man!”
Today’s gospel leaves many of us uncomfortable for one reason or another. It doesn’t come across as good news.
It makes us uncomfortable because we have what sounds for all the world like Jesus’ absolute prohibition of divorce.