PRAYER OF THE WEEK:
Dear God, we thank you that you give us rules to live by, and traditions that give us life. We ask that you would help us to reject those things that get in the way, and welcome those things that draw us closer to you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:
This week, I practiced some of my new hand lettering skills for our coloring page. You can download the file here: Daily Devos Jesus and Tradition 2018
BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15 NRSV
1Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around [Jesus], 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6He 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;7in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ 8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”
QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:
What are your favorite traditions (at church or otherwise)? What are your least favorite traditions? Do you have any traditions that helps your family to draw closer to God? If so, what are they? If not, what new “God” traditions might you start together?