Sunday’s Gospel reading had me thinking about the divorce and the hardness of man’s heart. We know, KNOW, KNOW those seeking divorce use any excuse to justify their reasoning and their actions. Some reasons are more justified than others and occasionally, as in cases of real abuse, separating from one’s spouse is necessary, but in every case, divorce is caused by, as Jesus said, the hardness of man’s heart.
The cheating spouse shows his hardened heart by betraying the one he promised to love, honor, and cherish, denying his responsibility to protect, provide, and lead, and abusing his position of freedom, trust, and respect.
The adulteress shows her hardened heart when she first crosses lines and sends signals of availability to someone else’s spouse, when she makes herself more important than the woman and children affected by her choices, and when she lures the married man away with ultimatums and temptations not conducive to family life.Continue Reading