We begin in the name of the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We read in Mark's Gospel (7: 6):
This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
If you unwrapped a chocolate bar and found a block of dirt, you'd feel disappointed, cheated and maybe even a bit angry. No matter what the outside looks like, no one likes a fake. We want the real thing, and so does God.
In today's gospel, Jesus challenges the people who want to impress others by pretending to be holier or better than they really are. They care more about what others think than what God truly knows about them. But Jesus reminds them - and us - that God sees our hearts. Lent is a time to remember that God knows us and loves us as we are…. But we are also called to become better people too.
We pray: Jesus help us to be honest I all we say and do.
God is good! All the time!
All the time! God is good!
May God's cause be the only concern of our hearts; and let the people of God say:
We continue our day in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.