Today's Mass readings / Commentary (The Ark of the Covenant [the Catholic Church] / People give Jesus lip service, but hearts are far from Him)

February 9, 2010

Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 330

Reading I
1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30

Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD
in the presence of the whole community of Israel,
and stretching forth his hands toward heaven,
he said, “LORD, God of Israel,
there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below;
you keep your covenant of mercy with your servants

who are faithful to you with their whole heart.
“Can it indeed be that God dwells on earth?

***If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you,
how much less this temple which I have built! ***
Look kindly on the prayer and petition of your servant, O LORD, my God,
and listen to the cry of supplication which I, your servant,
utter before you this day.
May your eyes watch night and day over this temple,
the place where you have decreed you shall be honored;
may you heed the prayer which I, your servant, offer in this place.
Listen to the petitions of your servant and of your people Israel
which they offer in this place.
Listen from your heavenly dwelling and grant pardon.”

Responsorial Psalm
84:3, 4, 5 and 10, 11

R. (2)*** How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
My soul yearns and pines
for the courts of the LORD.***
My heart and my flesh
cry out for the living God.
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest
in which she puts her young—
Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my king and my God!
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
Blessed they who dwell in your house!
continually they praise you.
O God, behold our shield,
and look upon the face of your anointed.
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!
I had rather one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I had rather lie at the threshold of the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
R. How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God!

Mk 7:1-13

When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem
gathered around Jesus,
they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals
with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.

(For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews,
do not eat without carefully washing their hands,
keeping the tradition of the elders.
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.)
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?”
He responded,
“Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites,
as it is written:

[size=]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.”***He went on to say,
“How well you have set aside the commandment of God
in order to uphold your tradition!
For Moses said,
Honor your father and your mother,
and Whoever curses father or mother shall die.
Yet you say,
‘If someone says to father or mother,
“Any support you might have had from me is qorban”’
(meaning, dedicated to God),
you allow him to do nothing more for his father or mother.
You nullify the word of God
in favor of your tradition that you have handed on.

And you do many such things.”


The Old Testament readings are speaking of the Church, although they dont call it that. the Ark of the Covenant held the 10 Commandments and was how God came to the Isrealites. Today we have the Eucharist/Real Presence of Christ in the Church 24/7… :slight_smile: :highprayer::knight2::gopray:

Jesus speaks of how pepole honor Him with their lips but their hearts are far from Him… I have noticed this a lot, even with myself… and myself is the only one i can do anything about…

sometimes my heart is “far from Him” (farther than i would like anyhow) because i am caught up with my earthly concerns… but this shows i don’t trust Him… :frowning: When I’m in His RealPResence… i trust Him… because i can feel His Presence… & all that goes with that… but when i am outside His Presence, well, its a somewhat different thing… the whole world is not exactly following Him whole-heartedly… :rolleyes: so it’s hard to… focus on Him the way we should… when others are not… :mad: but at times like that, we can recall to mind the Real Presence… & place ourselves there mentally… … easier said than done, but whatever…

it’s really sad that i was so “old” before i found Him There… i hope everyone (catholics) will tell others about the Real Presence… I heard of a Protestant who was converted after she spent a couple hours There… :slight_smile: [/size]

This speaks ultimately of the Heavenly Temple where Christ Reigns on high. The Church Universal being the earthly Temple, where the daily sacrifice of Bread and Wine is celebrated. Yet, not the building, but the faithful occupants therein, who receive the Eucharist rightly … and Abide in the Son, with the Spirit, in Unity with the Father.

this sounds protestant…

Jesus abides in the Church, the Real Presence… whether anyone is there (other than Him) or not…

No. Its bedrock ‘primitive’ Universal Church teaching … as taught by the Apostles. Some Protestant do believe this — yes, and well they should !

Christ abides in all those ‘Reborn’ of His Spirit. Those who have experienced the 1st Resurrection … and called ‘blessed’ in NT prophesy.

As the ECF’s taught … ‘whereever is the Spirit, there also is the Son & the Father’. We also teach …‘there also is the Church’.

Is Christ visible ? No, but present yes ! He will only be visibly seen on earth at the 2nd Coming [Rapture].

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