5th Week of Ordinary Time (12th February, 2019)
First Reading: Gen 1:20 – 2:4a
Gospel: Mk 7:1-13
In Mark’s gospel today, we read that the scribes and Pharisees noticed that some of Jesus’s disciples were eating without cleaning their hands. Traditionally they are not supposed to eat anything before washing their hands. So, they asked a question to Jesus, “Why is it that your disciples eat with uncleaned hands without respecting our tradition?” Jesus retorted about the hypocrisy of the people and quoted Issiah-29:13 where it is said that the people do lip service and their hearts are far away. They offer the lord worthless gifts and abide by human regulations. Jesus criticizes the pharisees and scribe that you give priority to tradition to the commandment of God.
Jesus quoted Moses saying that you have to do your duty to your father and mother and if someone curses them, they should be put to death. But you give no regards to the word of god for the sake of your tradition. And you do many other things like finding fault with others.
Jesus is teaching by these gospel verses that, there is nothing beyond the commandment of God. Traditions should never be prioritized than God’s commandments. Even in our day to day life when we pray, most of the time we say the prayers with other thoughts in our minds and it becomes a lip exercise.
Often, the Sunday obligatory masses are just taken as obligations where majority of the time our hearts would be far away.
Let us overcome this by making corrections in small steps. Every journey starts with the first step.
We will reach at least ten minutes earlier to the church before the mass and meditate with Jesus and Mamma Mary in mind completely surrendering ourselves. This initiative will certainly enhance our participation in the mass and give the due worship to the almighty God. Amen.