Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31

Friday, August 28, 2009

Family Bible Study - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage:
Mark 7:1 Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from
Jerusalem gathered around him, 2 they noticed that some of his disciples were
eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3 (For the Pharisees, and
all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the
tradition of the elders; 4 and they do not eat anything from the market unless they
wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of
cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5 So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why
do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” 6 He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; 7 in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ 8 You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.” 14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15 there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.” 21 For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22 adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Question for Discussion:
1) Jesus says that having a clean heart is more important than clean hands. Jesus gives us a list of sins that make a person's heart and soul dirty. How
can you clean your heart? What sacrament did Jesus give us to help you do
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

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