Sunday, August 29, 2021
The readings for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B tell us to be wary of those things which lead us to sin and remind us that we must really follow Jesus in our hearts. In the first reading (Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8) Moses tells the Israelites that they must obey the commands of God. The psalm (Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21) sings “The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.” In the second reading (James 1:17-18, 21B-22, 27) we hear that we should humbly receive the word of God and act upon it. And in the gospel (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23), Jesus warns us against following commandments literally but not receiving them into our hearts.
Are we truly following Jesus or just “going through the motions”? Here are some ideas: