Everyday O God we praise you in our prayers and most especially when we see your majesty in nature. You never fail to remind us of your presence in your wonderful creation as we have heard in the first reading today (Gen.1:20-31). Indeed like the psalmist, we always exult of “how wonderful your name in all the earth” (Ps.8).
However, too often like the Pharisees and some scribes in the gospel today, we tend to look for what is missing or lacking that we perceive to be not good: When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands (Mk.7:1-2).
Like those Pharisees and scribes, we “nullify the word of God in favor of our tradition that we have handed on.” And yes, Jesus, it is so true with us today like the Pharisees and scribes, “we have many such things” (Mk.7:13). We make so many rules and precepts, traditions and beliefs that eventually supersede your Laws and worst, have even replaced you O God!
Forgive us O Lord in worshiping traditions and other practices than You.
Forgive us O Lord in disregarding persons, the crown of your creation, and giving more importance with our beliefs and other concepts so detached from You.
Teach us O Lord to see more of you our God and Creator by seeing more of what is good around us and among us. Amen. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.