Psalm 45: 1-2, 6-9; James 1: 17-27; Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23
August 30, 2015
As I considered today's readings, I noticed a theme in the three readings. Mark in his gospel has Jesus confronting the Pharisees and scribes about what it is that defiles the faithful. James uses the term undefiled to describe true religion and even the Psalmist wrote about God's desire for us, “you love righteousness and hate iniquity.” So I guess the theme this morning is going to be defilement.
There is a lot to the whole saga of these readings. We will let the statement in the Psalm stand for itself, God love righteousness and hates iniquity, or other versions speak of good and wrong or wickedness. No surprise there. So let's start with Mark.
It is yet another confrontation with the Pharisees and the Scribes.