Read­ing Time: 3 minutes Intro­duc­tion In the Gos­pel read­ing of last Sunday (Mark 7:1–23), we saw how Jesus silenced the Phar­isees and the Scribes, and dis­tanced him­self from their unne­ces­sary dis­crim­in­a­tion due to their undue obed­i­ence to human tra­di­tion. In his cla­ri­fic­a­tions, Jesus explained to them that what defiles a per­son is not what he or she eats, but the thoughts that eman­ates from the heart. While they were after mater­i­al or phys­ic­al con­tam­in­a­tion, Jesus taught them (and us) to beware of spir­itu­al and mor­al con­tam­in­a­tions and impur­it­ies. In…

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