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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Sep 2nd)

Pastor's Summary of Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Mark has told us that Jesus has gained an audience among the common people, who have sought sustenance and have responded to his compassion in healing. Now we hear of his opposition to the legalism of the Pharisees. They wished to extend the laws of ritual purity, which once applied only to priests, to all Jews, thus making all people priestly. Jesus calls the phonies Their  religion is empty; they hold to human tradition rather than the Law.  Jesus says that what you eat is immaterial, but what comes out does matter: it is from the very being of a person that evil intentions and actions come.  The heart was seen as the source of will and not just of emotions.