Saturday, Third Week of Epiphany, January 30

Text: Mark 7:1-23

“They noticed that some of His disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them." Mark 7:2

What is this? Eating without washing hands? Doesn’t Jesus know that’s a good way to spread disease? And in these pandemic days, we are all instructed (again and again!) to Wear, Wash, and Wait. What’s going on here?

Let’s take a step back and look at the larger picture. Jesus’ main concern, every single minute, was to invite people to become His followers. He wanted to give them His love, forgiveness, and eternal life. But the Pharisees were so concerned with minutia that they couldn’t see the bigger picture. It’s like they were so occupied with making sure the knives and forks were placed on the table properly that they couldn’t see the delicious steak dinner He was offering. Jesus wanted to expand their perception, to show them a better way.

With all that’s going on today, any of us can be trapped in the trivial and lose sight of the eternal. So along with our attempts to Wear, Wash, and Wait to get rid of the coronavirus, let’s also do this: Wear the love of Christ because we are Washed clean through Baptism and Holy Communion. Then we will be empowered to Work to establish His kingdom and Wait for His coming again.

Lord Jesus, grant unto us today and always a clear vision of Your call and the strength to fulfill the ministry assigned to us. We pray in the name of Christ. Amen.

~ Joyce Rea,

Leader, Stephen Ministry


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.