Bible Reading – Matthew 15 v10 – 20: Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.” “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts – murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” Message Greetings to you all – This week we look at Matthew 15:10 – 20 where Jesus is trying to teach the disciples that it’s not the ritual of clean food they need to be worried about, it’s having a clean heart, mind and importantly what comes out of your mouth to your Christian brothers and sisters. Interestingly this text is after the last two weeks when we saw Jesus having just lost his cousin John the Baptist. Consumed with grief, still having compassion for folk, healing them before feeding the 5000, and last week calming the storm, walking towards the disciples, coming to them in their hour of need. This passage if you look in your bible is wedged between yet another passage where Jesus is recorded healing all who came to him. There are many of you I know who are in need of healing, many of you I know who feel lost at sea, even in the throws of a choppy storm, and some of you for whom today’s text maybe particularly relevant too. Never as there been a more important time that we stick together as the body of Christ. Sisters and brothers, lets us not forget that no one has ever gone through what we are going through. While we have all gone through personal suffering, illness, storms of life, they are usually individually or as families and others have lifted us and held us through. This is a collective struggle that we are all going through, but going through differently and we will respond differently. Not all wounds can be seen, let us be as kind as we can, and as graceful and uplifting to one another. The end will come, we have to believe that. Stay strong. Stay safe x Blessing – May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and evermore, Amen.
- Friday, 30 Jul 2021Shine upon us, O Lord, with the light that surpasses all other light. Cleanse us with the ﬁre that consumes all other ﬁres and ﬁll us with the love that transforms all other loves; for your own name’s sake. Amen. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)The earth is the Lord’s: every glen and ben, each loch and island, […]
- Friday, 30 Jul 2021