Tuesday 24 August

God of all mercy,
you have set aside our sins
and given us your healing:
grant that we who are made whole in Christ
may bring that healing to this broken world,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 7.1-13
Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him,they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands,thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not liveaccording to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?’ He said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
“This people honours me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
    teaching human precepts as doctrines.”
You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.’
Then he said to them, ‘You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, “Honour your father and your mother”; and, “Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.” But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, “Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban” (that is, an offering to God)— then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this.’

Psalm 86
    Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
   for I am poor and in misery.
    Preserve my soul, for I am faithful;
   save your servant, for I put my trust in you.
    Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God;
   I call upon you all the day long.
    Gladden the soul of your servant,
   for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
    For you, Lord, are good and forgiving,
   abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
    Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer
   and listen to the voice of my supplication.
    In the day of my distress I will call upon you,
   for you will answer me.
    Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord,
   nor any works like yours.
    All nations you have made shall come and worship you, O Lord,
   and shall glorify your name.
      For you are great and do wonderful things;
   you alone are God.
      Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;
   knit my heart to you, that I may fear your name.
      I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
   and glorify your name for evermore;
      For great is your steadfast love towards me,
   for you have delivered my soul from the depths of the grave.
      O God, the proud rise up against me
      and a ruthless horde seek after my life;
   they have not set you before their eyes.
      But you, Lord, are gracious and full of compassion,
   slow to anger and full of kindness and truth.
      Turn to me and have mercy upon me;
   give your strength to your servant
      and save the child of your handmaid.
      Show me a token of your favour,
      that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed;
   because you, O Lord, have helped and comforted me.