FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FEBRUARY 10, 2021
Wednesday – Week Five
WORD of the DAY
Jesus 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.” When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable. He said to them, “Are even you likewise without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) “But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him. From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.” (Mark 7: 14 -23)
How shall I live this Word?
There is nothing outside humans, says Jesus, that can make them impure. Everything that came out of the Creator’s hands is good. In the story of the origins, in the book of Genesis, the sacred author says that at the end of each day, God looked at what He created and saw its goodness. The distinction between pure and impure foods therefore has only a cultural meaning that has nothing to do with the will of God. Good and evil, good and bad, are not in things but in the heart of human beings. This affirmation of Jesus involves a fundamental pedagogical necessity: the heart must be the object of each one’s care. Taking care of the heart is the first responsibility before God, because the heart is the ‘home’ in which we welcome Him and our neighbor. A closed heart, too concerned with itself, is unable to recognize the truth of God, humanity, and the world.
Lord, give us the patience every day to re-enter ourselves, to put in order. Teach us to call by name the obstacles that clog the heart so that they do not become an impediment to the encounter with You and with our neighbor.
The Voice of the Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 339
Each creature has its own goodness and its own perfection […] The various creatures, desired in their own being, reflect, each in its own way, a ray of the infinite wisdom and goodness of God. For this reason human beings must respect the goodness proper to every creature, to avoid a disordered use of things.
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