All of todays readings pertain to law. We Americans are a fairly litigious society. Lawyers are thick on the ground and many of our Founding Fathers were students of law. We have a kind of love-hate relationship with the law, like most people in history. Todays readings offer a key lesson: whenever we reverence something, we surround it with laws. Laws protect the integrity of good things. And for the saints, the law of God is planted within their hearts.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
Psalm – Psalm 15:2-5
Reading 2 – James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27
Gospel – Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23