Tuesday 7 February 2017

Tue 7th. Genesis 1:20 – 2:4. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!—Ps 8:4-9. Mark 7:1-13.

Readings

‘Their heart is far away from me.’

In today’s gospel, we are reminded that too many rules can often overshadow the true meaning of what life is all about. The Pharisees offered an example of this. The rules and regulations passed on by their ancestors were a hindrance to their love of God. So, instead of following God’s laws, they follow human ones.

There is a temptation in our modern world for this to happen too. Many of God’s laws are trivialised in favour of society’s demands. Maybe we need to ask: ‘Is this what God would do?’ Do we want to be hypocrites or do we want to live a life in God, a life of love?

This is a constant challenge faced by all, a challenge that cannot be dismissed if we desire a future filled with faith, hope and optimism.

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