On Teaching Human Precepts as Doctrine

I've been reading through the gospel of Mark, chapter 7, and I came upon this passage (verses 6-8): He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips,     but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me,     teaching human precepts … Continue reading On Teaching Human Precepts as Doctrine

Welcoming Jesus

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached today, the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. For twenty weeks, my sermon themes will have to do with twenty Spiritual Gifts. Today’s gift is “Hospitality,” and the associated scripture passage was Luke 7:36--8:3. Hospitality means welcoming people, going above and beyond to make them feel … Continue reading Welcoming Jesus