Season after Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 17, Year B
Scripture: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Temple security guards, those responsible for guarding the purity of the religion, are getting hung up on rules that seem urgent to them but they are missing what is important. Jesus dismisses their concerns about who washed what and insists that these concerns are reducing the ability to hear and do God’s word. What is important is not what goes into the body, it is what comes out of our hearts.