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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

01/21/2018

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Watchword for the Week — Trust in him at all times, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8

Sunday, January 21 — Jonah 3:1–5,10; Psalm 62:5–12
1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20

I give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. Psalm 138:2

Jesus prays: “I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26

Blessed Redeemer, on this holy day may our worship of you spill out of the sanctuary and into every aspect of our lives. May all that we do give testimony to your unifying love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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