Reflection on Mark 7:14-23 ~
We are heavily influenced by more than just unclean food. In society today, it seems like everything is ok to do or say. This creates a false singular “I” so we think we can become the judge of right and wrong. Doesn’t this distorted moral compass and the hidden nature of evil intentions make it possible to ignore our neighbor? To place oneself at the center as the “I,” is is the personal defilement that Jesus speaks of, because both God and neighbor become less discernible.
Mark 7 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15 there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”[
17 When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 He said to them, “Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, 19 since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. 21 For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22 adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 7:14-23.