Between the Lines: Pentecost 14: September 2, 2012

Text: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

English: Emotions associated with anger

Emotions associated with anger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder,adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

The laundry list of evil intentions that come from within the heart bring to mind the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4-9.   Jesus considered this prayer most important commandment of all and while not a creed, it is the closest to one that the Jewish people have.

Take a few moments to look at the Shema in your Bible and also in Mark 12:29-30.  Now wonder about the word “all.”  What might it mean to love God with “all” your heart?  What role might evil intentions in the heart play in that equation?

– Caren Goldman

“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. BibleWorkbench includes a series of open-ended questions focused on a reading in the Common Lectionary aimed at drawing readers into the story and making connections with the world around them and the world within. Also included are “Between the Lines” reflections, Parallel Readings from literature, poetry, and the news, and Critical Background on the text and its setting. For details and subscription information, go to

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