Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 29-AUG-2021 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 14 – The gospel reading describes an occasion when Pharisees noticed some of the disciples of Jesus eating without first washing their hands. The Pharisees were a well-intentioned group of religious reformers, and they were trying to interpret the law in order to give people clear directions to follow. Washing your hands before praying or before eating was seen as a holy action performed by a holy people, the people of God, and they took exception to what they had just witnessed. When they asked Jesus to please explain, the way he interpreted the meaning of the law was quite different – his approach seemed to be to invoke an ad hoc ethic, to do what was right at the moment. Hand washing was not the key issue. Our morality is shaped and influenced by what we have internalised – whatever is inside us flows outwards to influence the world, whether for good or for bad. What God considers religious may begin with rules and guidelines, which is the reason for having Pharisees; but in the end the rules must be guided by the heart, and perhaps altered by the heart. How are you cultivating your inner life as a follower of the way of Jesus?
Mark 7: 1-8; 14-15; 21-23

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