Cycle B

Good News B40

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Mark 7:1-8;14-15;21-23 New American Bible

Mark 7:1-8;14-15;21-23 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

It is what comes out of a man that makes him “unclean.”

 

Jesus said that what goes into man’s body does not make him good or evil.  What comes out from a man’s heart makes him good or evil.  Don’t do good things just to show off.  Do Good things so that God will be happy with you.  Be sure you are a good caretaker of your body, mind, and soul.  If you are angry with your brother or the little girl down the street, make peace with them.  If you hurt them, tell them you are sorry.  Ask them to forgive you. Ask God to forgive you, too.  When you are right with God, then you are suitable to worship him.   You do not have to give money to please God.  You can give  of yourself.  Help your sister with her homework.  Bring your Dad a glass of ice water.  Fold up towels and wash cloths for your Mother.  Take one toy and share it with a cousin who has no toys.  These are a few good things you can do to help others. 

          The Pharisees were judging Jesus and his disciples.  You should leave the judging to God.  He alone knows everything a person says.  He knows every word you say, everything you do, and what your thoughts are.  He knows whether you are telling the truth or a lie.  He knows whether you hit your brother on purpose or if it was an accident.  He knows if you study for school and do your homework, or whether you copied.  He knows if you paid for the candy bar at the store or if you stole it. 

          Say the “Our Father” and ask God to protect your town.  Ask him to send wise judges to help decide cases in court.  Wise judges give meaningful and effective punishments that help people stop their evil ways. Ask God to send the Holy Spirit to give people in your town the strength to say, “NO, NO, NO,” to the devil and “Yes, Yes,  Yes,” to God. 

Say the “Our Father”

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

 

 

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