Inside Out

“Nothing outside of a person can enter and contaminate a person in God’s sight; rather, the things that come out of a person
contaminate the person.”
Mark 7:15

Did you ever walk around with your shirt or blouse inside out and you didn’t know it? There’s not that much difference, but then someone notices the seams around the shoulders and the tag hanging outside behind your neck. Then again you might deliberately wear your clothes inside out as a joke. The pockets hang like bags on the outside…the threads showing in all the seams—rather funny!

In God’s world of the Spirit, “inside out” is the way to go! All the inner goodness that God has made within you is meant to be shown outwardly—not as though you are bragging, but rather as an inner shining of God’s goodness and love. It as though your own body lets the inner light of God shine through you.

I remember as a child learning that “The eyes are the window of the soul.” Your eyes, your smile…just a few of the ways that you can send waves of peace and love to others. Together with loving acts of kindness: these are the ways that God inside you is shared outside.

Mark 7:1-8;14-15;21-23

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Washing the hands of my heart v. 3
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the thirteenth and last week in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

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