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Potty Mouth

{ Mark 7:14-23}

Today’s appointed Gospel lesson really ” spoke” to me in more ways than one. Jesus is telling the disciples “…the things that come out are what defile.”

I will be the first to admit that one of my biggest vices is the creative use of four-letter cuss words. While I am more mindful of this habit now that I am older & not as stupid as I once was, I still resort to cussing like a drunken  sailor on occasion. 

Most of my cussing is in response to  external frustrations: rarely do I cuss AT another person. Actually, some of my  most prolific  strings of  dirty words came while watching my Steelers play some rather pathetic football on TV.

 Yet my habit of  defiling my speech pattern with  foul language  * does* separate me from God. Our Creator did not gift me with  language  so I can spread filth, God intends for my words to glorify God.

When I was a college student the first time, my  friends & I had a practice of  designating one mayonnaise jar in our dorm room as a  ” cuss jar”. Each time one of us would utter one of * those* words, we would deposit 25 cents into the jar. At the end of the 40-day Lenten season we would vote on which  charity would get the proceeds from our corporate jar. We held each other accountable to this pledge & it worked.  Since then I have { really!!!} been more mindful of my use of foul language…at least in public!

This upcoming Lent, I shall continue my new  discipline of  abstaining from the use of those words. When I do  slip a cuss word out of my mouth{ and I know that I WILL fail at the attempt to stay cuss word-free during Lent!} I will give more money to Episcopal Relief & Development for their relief work in Haiti & other parts of the world.

Healing Miracles

{ Mark1:40-45}

People came to Jeus for healing miracles, Today’s Gospel Lesson has Christ healing a leper, in those days one who, by no fault of their own, sonmeone who was seen as ” unclean” Jesus defied the cultural norm by choosing to heal the leper.

Christians are called to be the hands & feet of our Lord. The time is now, my friends.

All of us are guilty of sitting in our comfortable homes here in the United States watching the footage of the Haitian earthquake on the news. But these are real families suffering,  those who have lost loved ones & most who have lost all they own in Haiti’s capitol city.

That is what Our Lord wants us to do, to reach out & touch those places that most need healing. It can be within our wider world, such as  providing relief monies to Haiti, or even in our own community. There is always room for helping to heal a hurting world. Go to www.ER-D & see how our own Episcopal Relief & Development is  already providing healing ministries to those around the global community who need  Christ’s healing touch the most. The people of Haiti need us. Sure, in these tough economic times many folks cannot afford to give much. But remember, every dime helps. All those small amounts of dollars can add up to help  people  who have literally nothing  get through this great time of need.

Let us just not RECEIVE Eucharist, let us all BE Eucharist. Let us recognize the Gift that we have as citizens of the United States of America & also  take time to pray for & maybe give as our financial health dictates , to organizations such as Episcopal Relief & Development &  The American Red Cross.