The Pharisees raised a question concerning the marriage relation. The Master went to the root of all things in the words, "From the beginning of the creation." The supreme and final authority is not the permission of a human lawgiver, but the will and intention of God.
It was in this connection that Jesus took the children in His arms and blessed them, laying His hands on them. The story of the rich young ruler reveals the need of control. The way to find it is to follow the Master. The Master told His disciples that riches were always a snare. It is ever hard for a rich man to enter, but with God the impossible is possible.
"Jesus was going before." The disciples followed with an unnamable and awful dread upon them. Jesus was interrupted by James and John. With what tender patience He talked to them. The ten were indignant with James and John. This indignation of the ten is no more worthy of imitation than is the ambition of the two. Indignation and ambition were alike based on selfishness and desire for greatness.
The story of Bartimaeus reveals anew the readiness and power of Christ to aid.
Second Sunday after Epiphany