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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

11/19/2017

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Watchword for the Week — So teach us, O God, to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Psalm 90:12

Sunday, November 19 — Zephaniah 1:7,12–18; Psalm 90:1–8,(9–11),12
1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30

The Lord your God has blessed you in all your undertakings. Deuteronomy 2:7

Paul wrote: So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7

God of the harvest, you make things grow. As gardeners in this world let your spirit work through us as we tend to the growth of others so that they will become what you meant for them to be. Amen.

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