Church of St Francis of Assisi

Church Bulletin 23 August 2015

Weekly Reflection

"This people honours me only with lip-service, while their hearts are far from me. The worship they offer me is worthless, the doctrines they teach are only human regulations."

Mark 7:1-8. 14-15. 21-23

This week's Gospel sees the elders and scribes criticizing Jesus and his disciples eating with unclean hands. In turn, Jesus called them hypocrites and explained to the people the real meaning of unclean.

When Moses first gave the Israelites the Law, he invited them to observe and to keep them. As ages passed, the elders and scribes imposed elaborate traditions on people that became a burden for them. People became focused on traditions rather than what God had intended for them in the beginning - to be holy and to love each other and God.

Are you loving God or concentrating more on the wrong-doings of others? Pray to focus on only the important part - to know, to love and to serve God.