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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 30, 2015

AN ECOLOGY OF HUMILITY

If you are listening closely to the readings today, you might find yourself in a bit of quandary. . . for the Gospel and the First Reading seem very much at odds.

In our first reading, Moses says quite clearly that the Israelites were not to add or take away from the law, but then in our Gospel, Jesus calls the Pharisees hypocrites when they question Jesus teaching his disciples to do just that.

Now most of the time we reconcile this discrepancy by saying the teachings of Jesus replaced those of Moses, but that is not what we profess. Jesus is the fulfillment of the law, not its replacement, so how are we to understand this and other related situations where Jesus seems to contradict older teachings?

CLICK HERE for the readings for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8, 18; Psalm 15; James 1:17-18,21-22,27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23)

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