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Gospel reading Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time : August 30, 2015

When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the elders. And on coming from the marketplace they do not eat without purifying themselves. And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed, the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds. So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him, "Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?" He responded, "Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written: This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts. You disregard God's commandment but cling to human tradition."

He summoned the crowd again and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile. From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile."

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Father Robert Tywoniak

Blessed Sacrament Church

Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time : August 30, 2015

Follow the Way of the Lord in his Church

Dear Family,

Truly intelligent, wise people follow the way of the Lord in and through His Church. Christ maintains His presence through the Holy Spirit in the Church. The Church offers guidance for right living in its structure. Humankind, therefore, is not left wandering aimlessly without direction.

God, however, does not mean for us to be rigid but to be ordered in spirit, guided by love. The canons of the Church, and civil law for that matter, must bring about justice for all. Herein lies the teaching gleaned from today's readings.

Mark's Gospel is being offered to a non-Jewish audience. They surely had an outsider's view of religious law and needed some guidance with respect to it.

Mark, quoting Isaiah 29:13, points out that some approach religion as a mere external show in worship without conviction. In Isaiah's time, certain leaders elevated human precepts to the level of doctrine. However, in the Gospel story Jesus is NOT saying laws have no value.

Law and Tradition must enhance and not minimize or distort a person's relationship to God and others. Law ought to reflect a community's internal understanding of the Divine. Goodness, or the lack thereof, comes from one's internal disposition. While law is needed to keep order, one must be practical and pastoral when applying it. A seminary Church Canon professor said, "Civil law is to be obeyed but Church canons are to be interpreted."

However, the above does not mean any one person may manipulate "law" according to uneducated whim. A community must be ordered or else there will be disorder.

Look at the first reading. It invokes the Shema, "Hear, Israel." This calls the nation to wholehearted attention and appropriation of God's law that is in His Word. This ensures God's blessing on the people and land. It also stands as a witness to others that Israel is a people who follow the one true God.

Overall the Letter of James, from which our second reading is taken, is a moral exhortation to the baptized. It points to God as the source of all goodness. God is not hidden. He has come to us in the flesh. Before leaving the earth He founded His Church upon Peter the Rock. By the Holy Spirit He maintains His presence on Earth.

We are reminded the Word has been "planted" in us. As a faith community we are not only custodians of the Word but those who must implement it in our own time. Thus James says, "Be doers of the word and not hearers only…" As we always say here at Blessed Sacrament Parish, we must be disciples and not consumers of religion. That is, we must be stewards of God's gifts.

Each of us is a gift of God. As such we must give ourselves as first fruits to God's service. Before all else that we might do with our lives, we give to the Lord our Time, Talent and Treasure. We follow the Lord in and with His Church, not being lone actors.

It has been a pleasure to share my reflections this month with all who visit the archdiocesan website. I hope we may journey to the Lord in peace as one Church of the Archdiocese with our Archbishop.

If you are in the Broward area and need a home church, please feel welcome at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Oakland Park.

Peace be with you.

Father Bob

Pope Paul VI warned of 'ecological catastrophe'

Aug. 27, 2015

4. In 1971, eight years after Pacem in Terris, Blessed Pope Paul VI referred to the ecological concern as "a tragic consequence" of unchecked human activity: "Due to an ill-considered exploitation of nature, humanity runs the risk of destroying it and becoming in turn a victim of this degradation." (Apostolic Letter Octogesima Adveniens, 14 May 1971). He spoke in similar terms to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations about the potential for an "ecological catastrophe under the effective explosion of industrial civilization," and stressed "the urgent need for a radical change in the conduct of humanity," inasmuch as "the most extraordinary scientific advances, the most amazing technical abilities, the most astonishing economic growth, unless they are accompanied by authentic social and moral progress, will definitively turn against man." (Address to FAO on the 25th Anniversary of its Institution, 16 November 1970)

Source: Laudato Si'

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