The Clean and the Unclean

You will be familiar with this direction of God from St. Luke’s account of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:22 ff). Jesus submits to  he regulations of the Law in order to go beyond it. Jesus IS the Law and the Temple itself. 

The priest is the one who diagnoses leprosy.  This comes from the anointing for discernment outlined in the reading of last Saturday, Lev 10:9-11.

Pray to the Lord that you be given the gift of telling the difference between what is clean and what is unclean in all aspects of your life–your activities, and especially being able to discern the spiritual spaces of those with whom you associate . . . at the same time, never judging.

The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.

Levticus 12:6-8

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 of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.