Sunday 2 September 2018

About Today Readings

Week II Psalter. 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8. Psalm 14(15):2-5. James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27. Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

The just will live in the presence of the Lord—Psalm 14(15):2-5.

Jesus insists that true religion is of the spirit.

Outward observance without conversion of heart is useless and, at its worst, hypocrisy. On the other hand, the spiritual heart will show itself in outward observance; for our Lord, who told us that the Father looks for those who worship in spirit and in truth, also said, ‘If you love me, keep my commandments … do good … fast … pray … give alms.’

We need to regularly review often our lives to see that there is a genuine harmony between our inmost heart and our visible manner of acting. As St James says, faith without works is dead.

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