FEBRUARY 9, 2011: WEDNESDAY OF 5TH WEEK- GENESIS 2:4b-9, 15-17; MARK 7:14-23
Jesus said: “It is the
things that come out of someone that make a person unclean” With these words, our Lord gave
expression to a radical vision of our human condition. Today’s Gospel
text presents this teaching with an introductory comment that lends added
emphasis and clarity to his word. Our Lord first stated that “Nothing
that goes into someone from the outside can make that person unclean.”
Saint Mark here makes the observation that in this brief discourse the Lord
pronounced all foods clean.” In doing so, he abrogated the food laws considered
sacred by the Jewish authorities of his day. They did not receive this
teaching lightly but, as we are told elsewhere, challenged it, and never
forgave him for claiming a higher authority than that of Moses.
As the sequel makes evident, especially in
The principle taught by our Lord in today’s Gospel passage, then derives from his authority as the Son of God, invested with an authority surpassing that of Moses. In fact, he teaches here with the supreme right of God Himself. In this affirmation of our human interior freedom, then, Jesus initiates a fresh concept of our dignity and empowers us to realize our responsibility before God our Creator and Father.
At this Eucharist we come together to thank God through his Son for liberation, and for the confidence He gives us, that is the fruit of the grace of his Holy Spirit. We ask that we might prove worthy of his favor in our life today and all the days remaining to us. By our faith and fidelity to our Lord and his teaching, may we always assist one another as we strive to witness to the love and mercy shown us in our communion in the risen Lord Jesus. Amen.
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