For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, I admit that there have been times when I have placed tradition and appearance before the meaning and intention of Your Word. Not only have I done this around a religious holiday but I have seen myself in judgment of others, like the Pharisees in the reading below, as if I have been the moral and gold standard of behavioral excellence. Father, please forgive me as I get back on my spiritual progression path and place the significance where it belongs.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark
1 Now when the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Him,
2 they observed that some of His disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.
3 (For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the elders.
4 And on coming from the marketplace they do not eat without purifying themselves. And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed, the purification of cups and jugs and kettles (and beds).
5 So the Pharisees and scribes questioned Him, "Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?"
6 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;
7 In vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.'
8 You disregard God's commandment but cling to human tradition."
9 He went on to say, "How well you have set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold your tradition!
10 For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and 'Whoever curses father or mother shall die.'
11 Yet you say, 'If a person says to father or mother, "Any support you might have had from me is qorban"' (meaning, dedicated to God),
12 you allow him to do nothing more for his father or mother.
13 You nullify the word of God in favor of your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many such things."
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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