Matters of the heart

Sunday, September 3

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

"There is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile a person.” Or as Eugene Peterson translates it, “It’s not what you swallow that pollutes your life.” I’m tempted to disagree. A few months ago I visited Senegal, West Africa. I spent the entire six-hour return flight from Dakar to Paris in the airplane bathroom. I was so weak and dehydrated that I was taken by wheelchair to the medical center at Charles deGaulle Airport. It was probably some intestinal bug, or a reaction to the malaria prevention drug I took, but it was undoubtedly something I swallowed. “There is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile” a person? I’m sorry, but I felt defiled.

 

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