Today’s reading, both in Leviticus and Mark, was about clean and unclean things. In Leviticus God sets up rules about food the Israelites can and cannot eat. God also gives purification rituals for women who just had a baby. These rules were set in place so that the Israelites would have guidelines to follow in their lives and would learn to obey God. In the book of Mark, Jesus talks to some Pharisees who were so caught up in rituals, that they were neglecting to truly worship God.
The balance between ritual and respect is such a tedious one. Even in my own life, there are things I do, because I’ve always done them that way. I no longer think about why I say certain prayers, or wear certain clothes to church on Sunday.
For me, today’s reading was a reminder to focus on what’s really important in life. This sort of living doesn’t focus on the rules of Christianity, but instead focus on the God we love and serve and the people we’re called to preach the good news to.