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AUGUST 30, 2015 – TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Cycle B)

AUGUST 30, 2015 – TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Cycle B)

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AUGUST 30, 2015 – TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Cycle B)

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His wordsREADINGS:   Deuteronomy 4: 1-2. 6-8   /   Psalm 15: 2-3. 3-4. 4-5   /   James 1: 17-18. 21-22. 27   /

MARK 7: 1-8. 14-15. 21-23

HIS WORD… (Quoting the Prophet Isaiah) THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEARTS ARE FAR FROM ME; IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES HUMAN PRECEPTS… YOU DISREGARD GOD’S COMMANDMENT BUT CLING TO HUMAN TRADITION.

my words… After the Five Consecutive Sundays on the Bread of Life Discourse in the gospel of John Chapter Six, we are now back to the gospel of MARK; and this will be until the end of the Liturgical Year with the Solemnity on the Kingship of Jesus Christ in the entire Universe (Cristo Rey). And now we have heard Jesus again condemning the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Scribes on the issue of external observances of washing their hands before eating and other “tradition of the elders” like, on coming from the marketplace they do not eat without purifying themselves, the traditional observances on the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds, and many others (Mk 7:3-4); which for Jesus is disregarding God’s commandments but clinging to human tradition (Mk 7:8), for they were teaching as doctrines human precepts (Mk 7:7). Jesus is therefore searching what is in their hearts.

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Brothers and Sisters, we as Catholics accept and practice TRADITION as one of the three sources of Divine Revelation or the WORD OF GOD alongside with the Holy Bible and the Teaching Authority of the Church or the Magisterium. The Tradition of the Church contains those oral practices and teachings of the Catholic Faith handed down from generation to generations. And they are usually celebrated as external liturgies that dramatize and concretize within human experiences God’s revelation and actions upon humanity. However, if not catechized properly and understood rightly, they usually turned out to become “superstitious beliefs” and are even more emphasized than living the faith according to God’s revelation to us. And this will become the “Pharisaical Tendencies” in us.

Brothers and Sisters, TRADITION is Word of God puts into action. In dramatizing the Word of God into our lives, let us not stop at external actions and signs, let us internalize them and put them into practice realizing and deepening the Word of God as love, justice, mercy, and forgiveness. What is more important than these actions and signs, is our relationship with God and with one another; on how we manifest God’s love for us in these traditions and practices of faith. Love God and neighbor truly and we will find the true and correct meaning of these traditions of our elders.

As to ritual cleanness and cleanliness, Jesus over-emphasized the cleanness of our hearts. For “from within our hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile” (Mk 7:21-23). In a word, the true meaning of Christian living begins in our hearts, the seat of love.

LET THE LOVE OF JESUS BE OUR STRENGTH IN CHRISTIAN LIVING… (By Fr. Julius C. Lupot)

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