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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 125
Read: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Gospel Summary
The religious leaders criticized some of the Jesus’ disciples claiming that they did not wash their hands before eating. The ritual was intended to give special care to food offered to God as opposed to “regular” or common food of the general population. Jesus pointed out to these leaders that they had lost sight of the purpose of the law and had become totally consumed by following the law for the sake of following the law. He continued making his point by explaining that nothing that goes into a person can make that person evil. It is what comes from the person, specifically what is in his/her heart that makes the person sinful.

Reflection for Families
A story passed on by a Native American father to his son described the torment of two wolves living inside the father’s head. One wolf was evil and vicious. The other was kind and loving. When the son questioned his father about which wolf reacted in certain circumstances, the father explained that it was whichever wolf he fed.
How often do we feed the wolves in our heads by letting anger, prejudices, and jealousies grow unchecked? One of the greatest things we can do for ourselves and for our children is to help them (and ourselves) put the hurtful things in our lives on the table so that they can be dealt with openly and honestly. That is the only way true healing can take place. Most often we are able to help one another in this action, but sometimes we need to recognize the need for an objective, third party to get involved.

Bringing the Gospel into Your Family
Make a list of the rules you have as a family. Sometimes we just “know” the rules and sometimes we actually have them written down somewhere. Discuss together the importance and purpose for each rule. What is inside each person’s heart that helps them honor that rule? Are there any rules that hurt another person? If so, consider how your family might change its habits in order to act more lovingly toward the injured person. Are there any rules in our society that cause struggles for people trying to live as followers of Jesus?

Discussion Starters

  1. One thing that I see in our world that is truly hypocritical is…
  2. I know I honor God only with my lips and not my heart when…
  3. Rules are important to prevent chaos, but sometimes rules…

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