Wednesday 12 February 2020
1 Kings 10:1-10. Psalm 36(37):5-6, 30-31, 39-40. Mark 7:14-23.
The mouths of the just murmur wisdom – Psalm 36(37):5-6, 30-31, 39-40
‘The law of his God is in his heart.’
The human heart contains both light and darkness, and it can be confronting to look deeply and notice some of the darker sides of our nature. We can fail to believe the kinds of atrocities that humans are capable of. It can be easy to separate ourselves from this kind of ‘inhuman’ evil, however, there is a potential we all have for darkness and duality. The way we can subtly lie and deceive others, the temptation to use the good things God has given us for our own ends, and all of the allowances we make to cover up these more ugly thoughts and actions. In the Gospel Jesus reminds us that our hearts have the potential to be corrupted if we are not watchful. However, we also have the ability to recognise this and find goodness in our hearts. As the psalmist writes, for the just man, ‘the law of his God is in his heart.’