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Sunday 02 September 2018: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

You forget the commandments of God and hold on to human tradition

Bible reading.  Image courtesy of Life in a human community is governed by ‘laws and customs’, as Moses reminds the people of old Israel in the first reading. These regulations and their interpretation can give rise to confusion; so Moses urges the people to ‘add nothing’ and ‘take nothing from’ the law which he gives them in the name of God. We meet the same issue in today’s gospel reading: Jesus is being hounded by antagonists – some of whom have come from Jerusalem for the purpose. They resent the fact that the disciples of Jesus ‘do not respect the traditions of the elders’ and observe ritual purifications. The response of Jesus has an important lesson for every age, as we endeavour to make Church regulations that are truly life-giving...

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