Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to him, having come from Jerusalem. Now when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And in vain they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men–the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” (Mark 7:1-8 )
Jesus, have mercy on us, for the Episcopal Church honors you with its lips but its heart is far from you. It teaches as doctrine the commandments of men. We have laid aside your commandments in order to hold to the traditions of men.
He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.” (Mark 7:9)
Father, have mercy on us for the Episcopal Church has torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion asunder in order to follow what is politically correct.
“For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”–‘ (that is, a gift to God), then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” (Mark 7:10-13)
Holy Spirit, restore truth and righteousness to the governance of the Episcopal Church. The gifts of generations to the mission of the church are being squandered to engage in law suits against those who seek to be faithful to the gospel and apostolic teaching.
When he had called all the multitude to himself, he said to them, “Hear me, everyone, and understand: There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mark 7:14-16)
Jesus, what has come out of the mouth of the Episcopal Church at its General Convention defiles it. Restore to the Episcopal Church ears to hear you and a heart to heed your word.
When he had entered a house away from the crowd, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. So he said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?” And he said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” (Mark 7:17-23)
LORD, all these things which defile a person are coming from within the body of the Episcopal Church; have mercy on us and bring the Episcopal Church and its leaders and teachers to their knees in repentance. Thank you.
A word received: You are in my care. Seek me; pursue me. I will hold you up in the storm.
Thursday: , 71; 2 Samuel 4:1-12; Acts 16:25-40; Mark 7:1-23
Friday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; 2 Samuel 5:1-12; Acts 17:1-15; Mark 7:24-37