5th Week, Ordinary Time (Year A) : Tuesday 7th February, 2023

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Hypocrisy” – Obedience?:  In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenged the Pharisees and scribes to live the true spirit of the Sabbath Laws, and not live a hypocritic faith of “lip-service”.  Ponder on, “What are the ‘greatest’ challenges of living our faith?  Do we compromise, and live our own wills instead of God’s Will?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Mark 7:1-2,5-8

The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered round Jesus, and they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with unclean hands, that is, without washing them.
So the Pharisees and scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not respect the tradition of the elders but eat their food with unclean hands?’ He answered, ‘How rightly Isaiah prophesied about you hypocrites in the passage of scripture: This people honours me only with lip-service, while their hearts are far from me. Their reverence of me is worthless; the lessons they teach are nothing but human commandments. You put aside the commandment of God to observe human traditions.’