I find the Word of God, this weekend, in particular, very disturbing. Themes in the Scriptures this weekend are like cold water thrown on us after a few weeks of the most horrific revelations of child sex abuse and cover-ups in the Catholic Church.

We are confronted with sobering questions which, in the midst of the anger, frustration, pain and sheer defeat that so many Catholics feel, force us to confront the problems we must face in the Catholic Church today.

Are we just about external signs? Are we, as a Church, much more representative of the Pharisaic religion that Jesus spends so much time fighting against? Have we lost the essence of the Gospel and, in the process, the foundation of what it means to live the Christian life?

The hypocrisy, lies, dishonesty, cover-ups, scapegoating of some individuals or groups not only point to the fact that we face a crisis but that we, as a Church, are sick. The Scriptures challenge us this weekend to return to an authentic understanding of what “law” is, a return to the truth and offer a challenge for all of us to reflect on how our actions betray our words.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Scriptures of the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible or simply hover your mouse over the reference and the text will appear:

Deuteronomy 4:1-2;6-8; Psalm 14; James 1:17-18,21-22,27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23.

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