Wednesday 13 February 2019
Genesis 2:4-9, 15-17. Psalm 103(104):1-2, 27-30. Mark 7:14-23.
Bless the Lord, my soul! – Psalm 103(104):1-2, 27-30.
‘Do you also fail to understand?’
The Pharisees had been criticising Jesus’ disciples for not following Jewish traditions of washing before preparing food (Mark 7:1-8). When asked about these traditions he quoted Isaiah’s words: ‘their hearts are far from me … their doctrines are human regulations.’
In today’s reading Jesus goes further by saying that nothing from the outside can make a person unclean. It is only the things within, avarice, malice, deceit, slander which make someone unclean. And yet, if we draw on God’s spirit within ourselves we can enrich the lives of those we meet, for the fruits of the spirit come forth from the heart of the true follower of Jesus. Let us seek ways to be true to the Holy Spirit in our work for the common good.