Gospel – February 12, 2020 – Mark 7:14-23
Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.”
When he got home away from the crowd
his disciples questioned him about the parable.
He said to them,
“Are even you likewise without understanding?
Do you not realize that everything
that goes into a person from outside cannot defile,
since it enters not the heart but the stomach
and passes out into the latrine?”
(Thus he declared all foods clean.)
“But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him.
From within the man, from his heart,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.”
Far to often we judge by what we see. If a person hangs with a bad crowd – they have to be bad. If a person does dresses a certain way – they are asking to be abused. If people don’t attend your church – well, they can’t be as good as us.
I’m not saying every example is wrong – what Jesus is saying is that what is external isn’t what makes us. What we take in isn’t what causes our bad behavior.
Why do broken families produce successful people?
Jesus is telling us today that what is external isn’t what will make us “bad” in the eyes of God.
Only what we act on from within ourselves. What we produce from our hearts – racism, bigotry, greed, gossip – anything not meant for the good of God’s people. The mouth takes in and gives forth. But the heart is the truth.
What comes from the heart – not the mouth.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…