Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”
When he got home away from the crowd his disciples questioned him about the parable. He said to them, “Are even you likewise without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) “But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him. From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”
I see man in three elements. The body, the life and the soul. The body belongs to the earth, and we must protect it. Life belongs to God, and we must respect and honour it. And the soul belongs to us, so we have a duty to nurture it, love it and please it. Since the soul finds its pleasure in God, everything we do for God makes him happy. A happy soul will make man happy. To make it happy, we need body and life. The three together form the person, and the person is a mystery. And this person is a gift from God to humanity.
The man who becomes aware of this truth of the mystery of his existence, will look at the world with a look of faith. This gaze helps him to discover the world and all the elements of this world that are closely linked to each other, recognising in every being this mystery, including the presence of God.
Jesus tells us that the whole of creation is an image of his Father, and therefore pure and healthy. The man who departs from this light will live in darkness, and in this darkness every impure element is born. This is a very rich teaching, not only in faith, but also in our own humanity: "Listen to me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that is external to man and penetrates him can make him unclean. But that which comes out of man, that is what makes man unclean.
Action of the day: Choose the light.
«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 defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.” (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.