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Liturgical day: Wednesday 5th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 7,14-23): Jesus then called the people to him again and said to them, «Listen to me, all of you, and try to understand. Nothing that enters one from out­side can make that person unclean. It is what comes out from within that makes un­clean». Jesus then called the people to him again and said to them, «Listen to me, all of you, and try to understand. Nothing that enters one from out­side can make that person unclean. It is what comes out from within that makes un­clean. Let everyone who has ears listen».

When Jesus got home and was away from the crowd, his disciples asked him about this saying and he replied, «So even you are dull? Do you not see that whatever comes from outside cannot make a person unclean? Since it enters, not the heart but the stomach and is finally passed out». Thus Jesus declared that all foods are clean. And he went on, «What comes out of a person is what defiles, for evil designs come out of the heart: theft, murder, adultery, jealousy, greed, maliciousness, deceit, indecency, slander, pride and folly. All these evil things come from within and make a person unclean».

Illustration: Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today Jesus tells us where the evil in the World comes from: from within our hearts. His disciples do not understand, and that is why they ask Him to explain everything to them in detail… today we still do not understand: when anything goes wrong, somebody else is always to be blamed for it (it wasn’t me!) And if it is not “somebody else’s” fault, then the “system” is the one to be blamed, or the “weather”, or perhaps “society… no matter what, it is always something abstract and impersonal.

-Let us not lie to ourselves! Ask yourself: What is it that I am doing? What is it that lies deep in my heart?