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Lenten Meditation - Saturday March 10

Lenten Meditations

Mark 7: 1-23

In these verses from Mark’s Gospel Jesus is condemning the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and some leaders.  He sees they speak of rule keeping to the masses while finding ways to get out of keeping these Laws themselves. Jesus sees right through them.  But who are the Pharisees today?  Who is it who judges others?  Can you be accused of being one?  It is very easy to condemn others, to find fault with what someone did or said.  We have to think before we speak or send a message.  Jesus highlights food, as his culture knew they had to be kosher and were revolted at the thought of eating anything not kosher.  But Jesus reminds us food is all from God and not to be rejected.  What we eat does not make us unworthy before God  (those of us who reject meat need to be reminded of that)   We can choose to refrain from eating certain things for health or environmental reason but not to try to get in God’s good favor.  We need to feed our bodies.  But we need to know that our relationship with God comes from what is inside our hearts and heads.  So for today let us refrain from hypocrisy and eat of the good things of God’s creation.  Amen


Psalm 87 / Psalm 90 / Psalm 136

Genesis 47:27-48:7

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Mark 7:1-23

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