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Sunday Reflection for August 30, 2015 Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 Moses lays before the community the statutes and decrees that will set them apart. Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5 The one who lives without blame and for justice will stand in God’s presence. James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 Pure religion is marked by defense of the poor and avoidance of worldly ways. Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Jesus leapfrogs a discussion on ritual observances to propose a greater standard.
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Blessed are the pure of heart
Don’t worry, there’s no mistake: This is not the Beatitudes weekend! But in another way it is. This is the weekend Jesus unpacks one of the ignored beatitudes, the one about purity of heart. Most of us go on autopilot at the mention of purity, presume it’s about sexual sin, custody of the eyes, modest dress, not watching movies lower than PG-13. Those things do figure in the moral life and are not passé considerations. That’s not what Jesus means when he talks about the vital stewardship of our hearts, however. To appreciate that, let's start ...
Church law is to be studied so as to be understood, and considered so as to be integrated into daily life. But the law that supersedes all other laws is love of God and love of neighbor. We must weigh every act in light of God’s law of love. Keep your conscience well informed by sacred reading, listening, praying, and taking in all of life so that you will be able to determine where love resides on every issue.
Today's readings:Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 (125).
“Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders?”
World news in light of the Good News for Sunday, August 30, 2015
Preaching the News
» When the punishment is a crime– This Sunday’s readings focus on questions of justice and its wise application. There is no more timely theme for the U.S. justice system, which has the largest level of incarceration . . .
» Justice is served ethically– The psalmist offers sound advice on how to live blamelessly before the Lord, doing no harm to others. Sadly, not all follow this advice. This week a judge in Colorado sentenced movie theater gunman James Holmes to 12 life sentences and the maximum . . .
» Muslim woman to lead pro-Israel organization– Jesus upends expectations and criticizes those who focus on outward signs of religiosity, who “disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.” Defying expectations and traditions, a young Muslim woman has been elected . . .
Quote of the Week
“The degree of civilization in a society can by judged by entering its prisons.”
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . . Read more...