The 14th Sunday After Pentecost, August 26, 2018
Old Testament: Isaiah 29:11–19
Epistle: Ephesians 5:22–33
Gospel: Mark 7:1–13
God promises to be with us in His house, for this is where He comes to us in His Word and Sacrament. The Introit today reminds us that when we are in God’s sacramental presence in the Divine Service we have the opportunity to proclaim our thanksgiving. The Old Testament reading, which is quoted by our Lord in the Gospel according to St. Mark, shows the misuse of these gifts that God offers, how God’s people turn inward to their own counsel against God’s commandment. Jesus rebukes the religious authorities because they nullify God’s Word for the sake of their own, showing us instead that He is the only path away from false teaching and error.