Pondering for Monday, November 11, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Monday of Proper 27 Year 1

AM Psalm 80; PM Psalm 77, [79] Neh. 9:1-15(16-25); Rev. 18:1-8; Matt. 15:1-20

“For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.’”  (Matthew 15: 19 – 20)

I think we have two kinds of defilement here.  One is the toxic metaphorical heart.  The other is the possible biological toxicity caused by germs ingested. Let’s deal with food and unwashed hands first.

I am so guilty of this.  I often will randomly eat something, (candy or nuts especially) without washing my hands.  To my credit however, I will always mumble a short “Thank You Jesus” before putting it in my mouth.  I am not saying that not washing the hands is the right thing to do, probably not the best practice.  It’s just me, the not always washing my hands part. I’m still a work in progress.

About the toxic heart and for what comes out of it I like to use our computer program language, “GIGO.”  That is, garbage in, garbage out. When we put garbage in our hearts, certainly that is what will come out. It has nothing to do with the food eaten with unwashed hands.  It has everything to do with greed, envy, jealousy, lust, and hate.  We need to have a change of heart if that’s what’s festering in our hearts. So again it’s time for our Collect for purity: “Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.”  (BCP 355)

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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