August 29, 2021 – Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
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.” (Mark 7:14-23)
OUTSIDE and WITHIN In today’s Gospel, we are called to be accountable.
It is not the outside world that creates who we are, but rather how we respond to the outside world. Too often we allow the outside world or circumstances to direct our behavior. It is easier. Why bother swimming upstream? Why not go with the flow?
But when we respond with love and positive energy to the negativity of the world, even when we are in the minority, we make a difference. We can be the pebble that causes the ripple.
We are our own worst enemy. We allow ourselves to be controlled rather than to seize control.
We look at our troubled lives and say, “Look at what the world has done to me.” Wouldn’t we rather look back on our lives and say, “Look at what I’ve done for the world” ?