Posted by: livingscripture | February 9, 2010

Fifth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders…?

                                                Mark 7: 5

 How should we live this Word

 Today, Jesus’ teaching takes the form of the difference between traditions and God’s Word.  Through the years, the doctors of the Law had established a series of rules of conduct for every existential situation.  In Jesus’ times, these traditions formed the basis of rabbinical teaching.  This is the source of the question of the Pharisees and some Scribes.

Jesus cites Isaiah who said, “In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.”  In this way, He makes them see their deep error in emptying and betraying God’s Word.  They reduce it to precepts!  In addition, using the example of ‘qorban’ He shows them that they are acting against God’s commandment to love one’s parents.  Justifying themselves with their legalistic observance of tradition, annuls God’s Word and closes their heart and mind to the search for truth.  They become manipulators, “You nullify the word of God in favor of your tradition.”

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on Jesus’ words, “And you do many such things.”  Am I aware of the many habits learned from others or that I myself have fabricated that can be an obstacle to  me when I listen to God’s Word?

 Lord, free my heart so that I may receive Your Word even when it is uncomfortable.  I trust You, Lord of my life!

 The voice of Anselm Grun, Spiritual Author

 The encounter with Jesus opens up a new road on which our life can succeed.  Our encounter with Jesus frees us from the sins of our life history and fills us with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit makes us capable of living differently, of living as Jesus lived.

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