Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Deuteronomy 4.1-2, 6-8

Moses spoke to the people and said:
“Now, Israel, listen to the statutes and to the ordinances,
which I teach you to do; that you may live and go in
and possess the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, gives you.
You shall not add to the word which I command you,
nor shall you take away from it,
just keep the commandments of Lord your God which I command you.

Keep therefore and do them;
for this is your wisdom and your understanding
in the sight of the peoples,
who shall hear all these statutes, and say,
‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’
For what great nation is there, that has a god so near to them,
as the Lord our God is to us whenever we call on him?
What great nation is there that has statutes and ordinances
as righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

Responsorial – Psalm 15.2-3, 3-4, 4-5 Resp. 1a

R. He who walks blamelessly shall dwell in your sanctuary.

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right,
and speaks truth in his heart;
and does not slander with his tongue,

R. He who walks blamelessly shall dwell in your sanctuary.

He who does no evil to his friend,
nor casts slurs against his fellow human;
in whose eyes a vile man is despised,
but who honors those who fear the Lord.

R. He who walks blamelessly shall dwell in your sanctuary.

He who does not lend out his money for usury,
nor takes a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
shall never be shaken.

R. He who walks blamelessly shall dwell in your sanctuary.

Reading 2 – James 1.17-18, 21b-22, 27

Dearest brothers and sisters:
Every good gift and every perfect gift
is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom can be no variation or shifting shadow.
Of his own will he gave birth to us by the word of truth,
that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Receive with humility the implanted word,
which is able to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deluding your own selves.

Pure religion, undefiled before our God and Father, is this:
to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Gospel – Mark 7.1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes
gathered together around Jesus,
having come from Jerusalem.
When they saw some of his disciples
eating bread with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands,
they were offended.
For the Pharisees, and all the Jews,
do not eat unless they wash their hands and forearms,
holding to the tradition of the elders.
They do not eat when they come from the marketplace,
unless they bathe themselves,
and there are many other things,
which they have received that they hold to:
washing of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and beds.

The Pharisees and the scribes asked him,
“Why do your disciples not walk
according to the tradition of the elders,
but eat their bread with unclean hands?”
He answered them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites,
as it is written:
‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
In vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of humans.'
“For you set aside the commandment of God,
and hold tightly to the tradition of humans."

Jesus called all the crowds to himself, and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
There is nothing from outside of the human,
that going into them can defile them;
but the things which proceed out of the human
are those that defile the human.
If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”

“From within, out of the hearts of humans,
proceed evil thoughts, unchastity,
murders, adulteries, thefts,
greed, wickedness, deceit,
lustful desires, and envious eyes,
blasphemy, pride, and foolishness.
All these evil things come from within,
and defile the human.”

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