Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8; Psalms 15:2-5; James 1:17-18,21-22,27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23
On her way out of morning services, a faithful churchgoer enthusiastically grasped the preacher’s hand and said, “Pastor, your sermon today was truly wonderful — absolutely wonderful,” she repeated. “In fact, everything you said applies to someone I know.”
Today’s Gospel Lesson applies not only to someone we know but to each and every one of us. We read that Jesus and the Pharisees are engaged in a debate over some of the religious traditions of the time. Now, there is nothing wrong with being a traditionalist. Jesus was a traditionalist in His religious practices. He read the Scriptures. He worshipped and even preached in the synagogue. As a child, He had been circumcised and presented in the Temple, according…
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