Pentecost +14 Sunday – B
Song of Songs 2:8-13 or Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Psalm 45: 1-2, 6-9 or Psalm 15
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
When we speak, ideas are to flower. Our tongue is the overflow of a goodly heart, spreading blessings wherever it is.
Our participation in a word of truth will reveal the image of all creation in our living as the first fruit of such a word that ends in the affirmation, "It is good!"
Meekness will be both the prepared soil and the resulting harvest of this creative word, implanted soul-word. So we are called to be not a hearer that forgets, but a speaker that acts their word. As such we move into an unbounded religion that takes seriously and joyously a word to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and keep steadfastly on with this task, no matter what.
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so many fine words
have come my way
no changes of life
but plenty of compliments
to keep on with this pattern
is to keep change from happening
obviously I have gone awry
focused on words and not hearts
and so my hypocrisy shines
as I glory in fine words
while mourning a lack of effect
is but vanity vanity
let us hear again
insides are to be joined with outsides
until fine words diminish
and heart deeds flourish