My sister and I began a journal of the sayings of our parents- “Wash your hands”, “Eat your vegetables”, “Make your bed!” “Stop picking on your little sister!” These are common orders we heard growing up. From where do these rules come and to what are they directed? We decided they were rules to protect our well-being and a healthy relationship within the family.

Religious commands are rooted in common behaviors that promote well-being and healthy relationships. In our Gospel, the ritual traditions were not connected to the covenant! Jesus called the Jewish community back to right attitudes.

Our Gospel challenges us to take a serious look at where our hearts lie and why do we do what we do. Do our behaviors arise from hearts turned to God?

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