Saints for the day: Paul Miki & companions. Died: 1597
1 Kings 8:22 . . . 30 – Ps. 84 – Mark 7:1-13
“Don’t just ‘talk the talk’ – like lip service…”
This morning there are many thoughts and images swirling around in my mind and so I have to sort through them to arrive at some thought that might help me (and you, too) have a deeper understanding of God’s presence in our lives.
Solomon built a magnificent temple to honor God’s presence to the Israelites even though he knew that nothing humans could ever build would give just honor to the God and creator of all that is. In today’s Gospel Jesus is challenged by the S & P’s about His disciples not following the strict Jewish laws that were a burden on the shoulders of the people. He warns them about only offering “lip service” while their hearts are far from His love.
With these thoughts and images in mind we try to sift through them and find what is most important. “Temple Worship” in its broadest sense is still important to all of us even in this modern, technological era. But we need to keep it in focus: the building in all its magnificence is still a means to an end. Not an end in itself.
It’s another reminder that even the strict following of “the law” is a means to an end, not the end in itself. The familiar saying, “Put your money where your mouth is” might be better put by saying, “Don’t just talk the talk (lip service) but walk the walk” in the sense that Jesus is the “Way…” and our hearts are restless ‘till they rest in Him.” Amen!