Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/090218.cfm
When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. —For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the elders. And on coming from the marketplace they do not eat without purifying themselves. And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed, the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds. — So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him, “Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?” He responded, “Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written: 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.”
He summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.
“From within people, from their 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.”
“…in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.” Does this sound like what happens today? So many false doctrines are being taught as truth. People denying the truth of what the Lord has taught, claiming it no longer should apply to us, that the world has changed we need to update what is true. Truth does not change, truth stays the same no matter what we want. Sometimes the truth is hard or inconvenient but that does not mean we can ignore it and teach lies. Who do you believe? The world or the Lord? Your odds of eternal life depend on the choice you make.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your truth has brought me true happiness. I am following the path you have put before me. Help me to always walk that path and never stray. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.