Message from Pastor Brenda

When is the last time you pretended? I did it a lot when I was growing up and mostly I was pretending to be a grown up person!  Some people might think I am still trying!

I was at the Kanabec Sports Show last Sunday with my family.  They didn’t have to pretend to know and care about what was going on.  I, however, did.  I asked my grandson if he needed help at the “Turkey Call” booth.  He looked at me, laughed and said, “No thanks, Grandma!”

Jesus is getting down to business in our Gospel reading from Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.  The teachers of the law and the Pharisees noticed that Jesus and his followers weren’t washing their hands like they did.  It was a form of ceremonial washing formed from a tradition of the past.  You were supposed to follow the rules or maybe show that you knew what to do.  You might not be in the “in” crowd if you didn’t wash this way.  It might possibly show how you followed God so faithfully.  It might appear you knew what you were supposed to do or how much you fit in with “godly” things.

But Jesus said what you do on the outside, and what goes inside, does not make you unclean.  It’s about your heart, it’s about your compassion and it’s about loving Him!

No more pretending.  Not even for me!

As summer vacation comes to an end may Blessings abound!

See you Sunday!

Peace,

Pastor Brenda