29 August 2021

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Bible Reading

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Some Pharisees and scribes gathered around Jesus.  Angrily, they asked him, ‘why do your disciples eat without following the ancient ritual of washing before eating?  It’s disrespectful to God!’  They thought this made the disciples bad people.

Jesus replied, ‘The prophet Isaiah was talking about people like you, when he said: ‘God says this: some people just pretend to respect me.  They are only worried about rules and what people will think of them.  Their lips honour me, but their hearts are far from me”’.

Jesus continued: ‘Listen carefully.  Nothing that goes into a person’s body from the outside can make them a bad person.  But the words and actions that come out can be bad.  Goodness comes from the inside.  What’s important is what’s in your heart.’

Explanation

The Pharisees and the Scribes spent a lot of time pointing to others saying that they were not following God’s laws, they were enjoying being in a position of authority, they enjoyed telling people they were bad.

Jesus tells them, that it is them who are ‘bad’, that not following the laws like washing before eating, does not make someone bad, but the way people act and the things that they say, can make someone bad.

Think about:

  1. Do you ever think or say things that Jesus would say was bad?
  2. Why do people like to have authority?
  3. How would you behave if you had authority over others?

Prayer

Lord God, help me to always behave in ways that would be pleasing to you.  Amen.

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