One Year Bible Reflections - Flipbook - Page 88
asked, “Do you realize you offended the
Pharisees by what you just said?”
13 Jesus replied, “Every plant not
planted by my heavenly Father will be
uprooted, 14so ignore them. They are
blind guides leading the blind, and if
one blind person guides another, they
will both fall into a ditch.”
15 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Explain to
us the parable that says people aren’t
defiled by what they eat.”
16 “Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus
asked. 17“Anything you eat passes through
the stomach and then goes into the
sewer. 18But the words you speak come
from the heart—that’s what defiles you.
19For from the heart come evil thoughts,
murder, adultery, all sexual immorality,
theft, lying, and slander. 20These are what
defile you. Eating with unwashed hands
will never defile you.”
21 Then Jesus left Galilee and went
north to the region ofTyre and Sidon. 22A
Gentile* woman who lived there came to
him, pleading, “Have mercy on me,
O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is
possessed by a demon that torments her
23But Jesus gave her no reply, not even
a word. Then his disciples urged him to
send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they
said. “She is bothering us with all her
24 Then Jesus said to the woman, “I
was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—
the people of Israel.”
25 But she came and worshiped him,
pleading again, “Lord, help me!”
26 Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to
take food from the children and throw it
to the dogs.”
27 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but
even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps
that fall beneath their masters’ table.”
28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her,
“your faith is great. Your request is
granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.
15:4a Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16. 15:4b Exod 21:17 (Greek
version); Lev 20:9 (Greek version). 15:6 Greek their father;
other manuscripts read their father or their mother.
15:8-9 Isa 29:13 (Greek version). 15:22 Greek Canaanite.
For the choir director: A psalm of David.
The heavens proclaim the glory of
The skies display his
2 Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him
3 They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.*
4 Yet their message has gone
throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
God has made a home in the heavens
for the sun.
5 It bursts forth like a radiant
bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete
eager to run the race.
6 The sun rises at one end of the
and follows its course to the
Nothing can hide from its heat.
The instructions of the Lord are
reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are
making wise the simple.
8 The commandments of the Lord
bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are
giving insight for living.
9 Reverence for the Lord is pure,
The laws of the Lord are true;
each one is fair.
10 They are more desirable than gold,
even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
even honey dripping from
11 They are a warning to your servant,
a great reward for those who