In the story from Mark 7:1-23, Jesus challenges the Pharisees and scribes for “super-sizing” their rituals and traditions in ways that overshadow other important emphases. For instance, they obsessed over hand-washing, but failed to appropriately honor parents. Do we do that? Jesus reminds us that clean and unclean comes not from what we put into ourselves, but from what comes out of our hearts. Jesus cares about our hearts.
Sermon by Jonathan Bowman