B40 Skit for Sunday
Good or Evil Comes from the Heart
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Copyright © 2006 Joan Y. Edwards. www/joanyedwards.com/ All rights reserved.
Good or Evil Comes from the Heart
It is what comes out of a man that makes him “unclean.”
Scene: Near the market
Props: grapes, fruits, vegetables, meats at market, cups, bowls to wash hands, pitchers, table, towels, huge poster with prayer in the skit on it, huge sign cards to come out of the mouth, cardboard stand up man with heart shape cut out where his heart would be.
Pharisee 1: Did
you see that?
Pharisee 2: James and John did, too.
Pharisee 3: You won’t catch any of us eating without washing our hands. That would be against the Jewish laws.
Pharisee 1: Teacher of the Law of Moses, what do you say about this?
Teacher 1: Our ancestors said, “Always wash your hands in the proper way before eating.”
Teacher 2: We are teachers and we set a good example by obeying the Jewish laws.
Teacher 3: We obey these laws as our fathers did.
Teacher 2: As our grandfathers did.
Teacher 1: And all our grandfathers before him.
Teacher 3: You won’t catch us eating without washing our hands.
Pharisee 1: Ooh! They just bought those grapes in that store and they are eating them without washing them.
Pharisee 2: You should always wash everything you buy at the store before you eat it.
Teacher 2: They didn’t wash the cups.
Pharisee 1: They didn’t wash the pitchers.
Pharisee 2: They didn’t wash the bowls, either.
(The Pharisees and the teachers get together in a huddle, then they approach
Pharisee 3: “
Teacher 3: Why don’t they wash their hands before eating?
Pharisee 1: Why don’t they wash the grapes and other things they buy at the market?
Jesus: You are nothing but show-offs! These laws you are speaking of were made by man. Isaiah wrote that God said, “It is useless for you to worship me, when you teach rules made up by humans.”
(Jesus motioning for the crowd of Pharisees, Teachers, and others to come together)
Pay attention and try to understand what I mean.
(Have a standup cardboard head with a big mouth. Have fruits, vegetables, meats. Push through mouth fruits, vegetables, meats)
The food that you put into your mouth doesn't make you unclean and unfit to worship God. The bad words that come out of your mouth are what make you unclean."
(Have a standup cardboard of a man with a heart shape cut out of it where his heart would be. Have someone push pieces of cardboard with these words: evil thoughts, vulgar deeds, stealing, murder, unfaithfulness in marriage, greed, meanness, deceit, indecency, envy, insults, pride, and foolishness. out of the heart and walk around the church with them.)
Out of your heart come evil thoughts, vulgar deeds, stealing, murder, unfaithfulness in marriage, greed, meanness, deceit, indecency, envy, insults, pride, and foolishness. All of these come from your heart, and they are what make you unfit to worship God.
Steven: Yes, I saw them.
Steven: Perhaps Father Thom can answer your question.
Steven: What if we have spit evil words out of our mouths and have done evil things?
Father Thom: All
of us are human. We make mistakes.
Steven: Me, too. Sometimes my tongue has a mind of its own. Like the time I called a new kid in our class a nerd. I knew it was wrong. I knew it was hurtful. Somehow I couldn’t stop those unkind words from rolling out of my mouth.
Father Thom: That’s when you need to pray.
Steven: What’s the best way to pray?
Father Thom: Just saying one prayer at night might not be enough.
Father Thom: Pray and walk away from what is tempting you.
Steven: Boy, I might be spending most of my time praying.
Father Thom: The more you pray, the closer you will be to God. He will help you keep his laws and be worthy to worship him in this life and the next.
Steven: I’ll say. Eternal life with God is my destination.
Father Thom: You’re welcome. Go in peace to love, worship, and serve the Lord.