Moravian Church in North America

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Weekly Moravian Message August 30, 2015

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 30, 2015

What Comes Out

There is something practical about hand washing. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Washing our hands is good not only for us, but for those around us. But the physical act of hand washing is only a part of the equation for this morning’s Gospel. The Pharisees want to make this about tradition and law. Jesus wants to make this about Spirit and heart. Jesus encourages the crowds to understand that what defiles us is what comes out of our lives, not what we put into our bodies.

In dealing with the Pharisees, Jesus is suggesting that our status with God has nothing to do with our hygiene, our respect of tradition, or our obedience of the law. Jesus is suggesting that our status with God has everything to do with God, and that our lives— who we are and what we do—will reveal that status.

Our worlds are filled with lots of evidence of what comes out of our Godless intentions: our inner worlds, families, neighborhoods, schools, governments, businesses. Even our churches display with astonishing clarity the consequences of choosing what is not Godly.

Our worlds are also filled with lots of evidence of what comes out of our Godly intentions: our inner worlds, families, neighborhoods, schools, governments, businesses. Even our churches display with astonishing clarity the consequences of choosing what is Godly.

So, rejoice, church! Every act of love, every act of peace, every act of kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control is evidence of God’s love for us. Not coincidentally, these acts are the very proof for which our world longs.

Kerry Krauss, pastor, Sister Bay Moravian Church, Sister Bay, Wisconsin

Moravian Daily Texts

04/24/2018

Tuesday, April 24 — Psalm 54
Leviticus 16:26–18:5; Mark 6:7–13

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Psalm 36:5

God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4–5

How sweet, God of Easter, are the promises which you bestow on us: your immeasurable love. Your grace which saves us. Your gift of new life in Christ. Accept our grateful shouts of thanks and praise! Amen.

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