All of today
s 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. Today
s 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.
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