Proper 17/Ordinary 22 2015 – Mark 7:5-6

Monday, August 24, 2015 

The lectionary selections for this week include: Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs) 2:8-13 and Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9, Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 and Psalm 15, and James 1:17-27, and Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. 

Mark 7:5-6 – So the Pharisees and the scribes asked Jesus, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?”  He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;

There is no question that washing one’s hands is a healthy practice.  We will be reminded in our reflections this week that a central role for us as people of faith is not so much about following such rules but about caring for one another.

Gracious God, help us to be ambassadors of your love toward one another.  Amen.

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