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Mark 7:17-19 When [Jesus] had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. He said to them, “Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?”
With his frank talk of sewers, Jesus rejects the premise of a phony, to-do list religiosity. We can never earn God’s love by way of what we do or leave undone. When we forget Jesus’ earthiness, we deny his humanity and our own.
The love of God is a gift, not merit to be earned.
MOVING FORWARD: What do you think Jesus means when he talks about what defiles us?