29 August 2021

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today the Church celebrates the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The assigned readings are Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; James 1:17-18, 21B-22, 27; and Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 15 (Psalm 15:2-5). 

For one version of the Responsorial Psalm set to music, please visit:

YouTube: The One Who Does Justice Will Live in the Presence of the Lord. Psalm 15 (B081)

The Gospel reading is as follows: 

When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. - For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the elders. And on coming from the marketplace  they do not eat without purifying themselves. And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed, the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds. - So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him, "Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?"

He responded, "Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written:
    'This people honors me with their lips,
        but their hearts are far from me;
    in vain do they worship me,
        teaching as doctrines human precepts.'
You disregard God's commandment but cling to human tradition."

He 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.

"From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile."

Reflections on these readings:

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Salesian Sunday Reflections: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time August 29, 2021

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sundays Salesian: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 29, 2021)

Crossroads Initiative: Does Scripture bash Tradition?

St. Paul Center: Pure Religion: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Magis Center for Catholic Spirituality: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College: This Sunday, Stop 'Virtue Signaling' (26 AUG 21)

Word on Fire: The Beauty of the Law (Cycle B * Ordinary Time * Week 22)

National Catholic Register: Sunday Guide: Cultivating the Word That Has Been Planted in Us (26 AUG 21) 

Spirituality of the Readings: The Heart of the Matter (22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

In Exile: Editing Your Own Life (22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

Glancing Thoughts: Washing Your Hands Before Dinner (22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

The Perspective of Justice: Free and Responsible (22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

Let the Scriptures Speak: Clean Hands, Dirty Hands (22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

The Word Embodied: Disturbing Words (22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

Historical Cultural Context: Conflict (22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B) 

Thoughts from the Early Church: Commentary by Irenaeus (22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B)

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