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For the Ride Home
by Ted Bergh
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
August 30, 2009
Scripture
•For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him? (Deuteronomy 2:7)
•LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy mountain? Whoever walks blamelessly and does justice; who thinks the truth in his heart and slanders not with his tongue. (Psalm 15:1-3)
•Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:22,27)
•He responded, “Well did Isaiah prophesy about 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 human precepts.’ You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.” (Mark 7:6-8)
 
Reflection
•“Who may dwell on (God’s) holy mountain?”
•How close is God “to us whenever we call upon him”?
•Who is a “doer of the word”?
•Does Jesus quote Isaiah to indicate he is more concerned with actions than observing the letter of the law?

It is impossible to pray to a personal God—that is, love a personal God—and remain indifferent to your suffering brethren. It is impossible. Anyone who prays without suffering for his suffering brothers is praying to a pole, a shadow, not to the living God. Because if you pray to the living God, you who are living, he, the Living One, sends you to your living brothers. And sisters.1



1Carlo Carretto, Selected Writings, Orbis, Maryknoll, NY, 1994, p. 127.
 

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