What Matters is the Heart

For the past five weeks, the Gospels have been taken from chapter six of the Gospel John, Jesus’ teaching about the bread fo life. Today we return to chapter seven of the Gospel of Mark and we discover what, in the eyes of Jesus, true religion is all about. For the Pharisees, the emphasis was on the observation of the law both written and oral. For Jesus, however, what matters is the heart. More external observance without a corresponding movement of the heart does not please God. We are invited to see what is really important for our lives.