Indifference doesn’t seem threatening in the turmoil of divorce. Often, it seems as though indifference would be a welcome relief. To some, indifference is even the goal. Why then, must we fight indifference in divorce?
In my self-centered thinking, I assumed expressions like, “You don’t turn your back on a friend,” and “Blood is thicker than water,” were fairly modern. Maybe that’s why Sunday’s first reading (Isaiah 58: 7-10) stood out and I knew, as I sat on the hard, wooden pew facing the altar, the words were intended for those who would turn their backs on their own by having an affair or seeking a divorce:
Thus says the LORD:
Share your bread with the hungry,
shelter the oppressed and the homeless;
clothe the naked when you see them,
and do not turn your back on your own.
I just knew God directed those words at those who turned their backs on their vows, justified affairs, or proudly pointed out how successful their resilient children were while ignoring the implications of, “resilient.”Continue Reading