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
A Sunday-school teacher had been telling her class of youngsters about “heavenly rewards” and “crowns of glory” for believers who lived good lives. “Now tell me,” she said at the close of the lesson, “Who will get the biggest crown?” There was silence for a moment, then one bright youngster blurted out, “The one who has the biggest head.”
Another Sunday-school teacher asked one of her students this question: “Johnny, can you tell me what we must do before we can expect forgiveness of sin?” “Yes sir,” Johnny replied. “We must sin.”
Still another Sunday-school teacher asked, “What do you think a land flowing with milk and honey would be like?” “Sticky,” came the answer.
In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus makes things a bit sticky for some big-headed, Church-going, self-righteous religious leaders of His time. He confronts them in order to condemn their hypocrisy.
The confrontation begins when the Pharisees notice that Jesus’ disciples eat without first following the ancient custom of…