Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29 August 2021
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8. Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5. James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27. Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.
Call to Holiness. Sometimes law and custom can be so onerous, so heavy that we can lose focus on right behavior. That is part of the conversation today as we return to the Gospel of Mark. Observing traditions is good and right. But avoiding oppressing thoughts, words, and deeds is better. In the Second Reading, Saint James says: “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.” In short, be holy.
- What unholy words and deeds can I avoid?
- What holy words and deeds shall I do this week?
- Whom can I invite to holy behavior with me?