Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
“O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.” Lord God, with Psalmist we have to confess this day that this does not describe us. No, we prefer to dichotomize the inner and the outer, creating disconnect this is unbearable and divisive. We confess our sins in this and we are sorry. This “whole armor” thing that Paul talks about seems to be what you have given us so that we can recognize what you have done in Your Son, who is actually one who can abide in your tent and on Your holy hill. This we confess today, Lord God we have our wholeness in Your Son who obeys Your commands so that the nations might know you and see You mercy and justice in love. Lord God, let us be the same mercy and justice, let us be love, so that as the world sees your church they might come to know that it is by Your good intentions that You draw all people to Yourself. Let us learn Christ today as we gather around Your table singing your praise, lifting up our hearts in prayer, and handling the body and blood of Your Son. AMEN.