In the third chapter of the gospel of Mark, you get a special glimpse into the heart of Jesus. Mark writes that Jesus suffered grief at the hardness of the Pharisees’s hearts. They were so set on proving Jesus wrong that they would not allow His message of love and conversion to penetrate their hearts, nor their intentions.
If you’ve experienced a divorce and happen to be the spouse who was abandoned, you can likely relate quite well to Jesus in this passage. Your spouse will not allow your love to penetrate his or her heart and this causes you much grief and anger.
This is the perfect time to draw near to Christ and contemplate His Sacred Heart, His Heart that has suffered so much for love of us. In contemplating the fact that He loves us even when we are steeped in sin, His grace will help you to find forgiveness for your spouse and an ability to pray for his or her redemption.
Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored (Mark 3: 5-6).