Here are some of the key themes in the readings for the 22nd Sunday of the Year.
1st Reading – Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8
- The Commandments of the Lord are sacred; take care not to add or subtract from them.
- These commandments are to be carefully observed.
Psalm – 15:2-5
- “The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.”
- These stanzas exhort the people to live in a virtuous and upright manner.
2nd Reading – James 1:17-18,21b-22,27
- God’s “word of truth” is planted in our hearts and must be welcomed and strengthened.
- We are reminded to “be doers of the word and not hearers only” as we care for those less fortunate.
Gospel – Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23
- Jesus responds to comments from the Pharisees and scribes about specific traditions.
- The Lord offers a practical insight about what makes us unclean: “Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”