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».
I would like to make sure, two important points for me. Firstly, God is good and in His goodness He always does good by His nature and even more so for me, His beloved. Second, since I carry the image of God within me, I believe that I am also like Him full of goodness and generosity, certainly with my limits.
As I read today's Gospel, I tell myself, it is true that the outside world must not give me the reason for my discernment and no longer for my action. They can create certainly an ambiance or environment. Since God dwells in me, I must find a concrete reason within me, just before God that will justify my discernment and my actions. God created the world and He found it good. I still find it good. Yet I must recognise that not everything that is good in this world is necessarily good for me. It’s here I am called to discern and decide.
This is why I must realise that if I do evil, a bad act, its origin is not outside, even if it is influenced by external elements, it comes directly from my interiority, from my own discernment and action. It is a fruit of my free act and engagement. Thus, by my own discernment and action, I make myself unclean, very often against the divine will. Therefore, let us be careful that our will is not influenced by external elements, but that it is coherent with the divine will, which is found in our own interiority, in the image of God.
Action of the day : Give attention tothe causality of your discernment and decision.
«Nothing that enters one from out¬side can make that person unclean»
Fr. Norbert ESTARRIOL i Seseras
Today, Jesus teaches us that God made everything good. But our intentions —which are not always right— may contaminate what we do. This is why Jesus Christ says: «Nothing that enters one from outside can make that person unclean. It is what comes out from within that makes unclean» (Mk 7:15). The experience of the offence against God is very real. And we Christians can easily discover the evil's deep mark in a sin's enslaved world. The mission Jesus charges us with, is to clean —with the help of His grace— all this contamination men's bad intentions have spread all over the world.
The Lord wants all our activities to be carried out well: He expects us to show in them intensity, method, science, know-how, eagerness for perfection, not looking for anything else but reinstating God's plan for Creation. For God made everything for man's benefit: «Purity of intention. —You will always have it if, in everything you do, you only look forward to pleasing God» (Saint Josemaria).
Only our will can spoil the Divine Plan. And we must watch that this is not so. Quite often we let in vanity, pride, despondency for lack of faith, impatience when our aims are not attained... This is why saint Gregory the Great warned us: «Be not seduced by any flattering prosperity, for only the foolish traveler stops along the way to admire the beautiful landscape while forgetting where he is heading for».
It will, therefore, be convenient to pay attention to how we offer our deeds to God, to always be aware of His presence and to frequently consider the Divine Filiation. Thus, all our days—through work and prayer— will be fortified and begin in our Lord, and whatever we start in his name will reach its desired ending.
For we can make great things if we realize that each one of our human actions is a co-redeemer when joined to deeds and actions of Christ.