It’s very likely that some of us here this evening have been through a divorce. And almost certainly everyone here has been touched in some way by divorce. For many of us, the divorces that have touched our lives have been deeply painful. And for many of us, the divorces we have been through have been incredibly liberating, life-affirming, and God-blessed events. Whether you feel traumatized by divorce or healed by divorce or a little bit of both, our scripture reading this evening is difficult.
It pops up in our lectionary cycle every three years, but I will confess I have never preached on it before. Most of the pastors I run with preach on something else on this Sunday, or edit out the divorce stuff and focus on the welcoming children stuff or World Communion Sunday or anything – anything really – besides this doozy. It’s a huge can of worms and big pain in the butt to preach on this passage.