Mark 7:8-9

“You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”  He went on to say, “How well you have set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold your tradition!”


The rules and rituals are good when they free us from obstacles that block us from a stronger relationship with God.  But they should point us to God.  Father Thomas Keating writes: “Christian tradition is not merely a handing on of various doctrines and rituals.  It is the handing on of the experience of the living Christ, revealed in Scripture, preserved in sacraments, renewed in every act of prayer, and present in a special way in the major events of our lives.  If we are open and available to this presence, our lives will be transformed.”  Are the rituals and traditions transforming us…and making us more loving of others?

Suggested song of the day– “I Surrender” on the Live to Love album.

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Have a blessed day!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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