The best way to read this passage is to hear the “update” that Jesus made of it. “Don’t you know that everything that goes into the mouth enters the stomach and goes out into the sewer? But what goes out of the mouth comes from the heart. And that’s what contaminates a person in God’s sight” (Matthew 15:17- 18).
So be careful about what you say. Run your words by your brain before your speak, to be sure that they will bring joy and comfort to another person, and not words that would upset another because your words are not coming from a loving heart.
Who would welcome a message of love from you today?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Speaking only words of love
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…