February 7, 2018
Continuing in His response to the Pharisee’s complaint about washing hands, Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.” Mk_7:14-23
Well, maybe if we’re suffering with that atrocious flu this winter, we might mildly disagree about being defiled by something from the outside. But Jesus wasn’t addressing microbiology. He was addressing the Jewish leaders’ insistence with trivia and disregard of the truly important issues in life, like relationships.
We might be the most attractive person in a crowd. But if our words and thoughts and actions are not equally attractive with respect to our interactions with others, then it really doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside, we just may be the most unattractive person in that crowd. Jesus will give us the strength to withstand all kinds of abuse from the outside. But He will not support, nor excuse any abuse we inflict on others.
Our true cleanliness, our true beauty is what comes out from within.
Let it be love! Let it be joy!
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