September 2, 2012, Gospel

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The Holy Gospel According to Mark    7; 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

7:1 And the Pharisees and some of the scribes, arriving from Jerusalem, gathered together before him.
7:2 And when they had seen certain ones from his disciples eating bread with common hands, that is, with unwashed hands, they disparaged them.
7:3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat without repeatedly washing their hands, holding to the tradition of the elders.
7:4 And when returning from the market, unless they wash, they do not eat. And there are many other things which have been handed down to them to observe: the washings of cups, and pitchers, and bronze containers, and beds.
7:5 And so the Pharisees and the scribes questioned him: “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but they eat bread with common hands?”
7:6 But in response, he said to them: “So well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, just as it has been written: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7:7 And in vain do they worship me, teaching the doctrines and precepts of men.’
7:8 For abandoning the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men, to the washing of pitchers and cups. And you do many other things similar to these.”
7:14 And again, calling the crowd to him, he said to them: “Listen to me, all of you, and understand.
7:15 There is nothing from outside a man which, by entering into him, is able to defile him. But the things which procede from a man, these are what pollute a man.
7:21 For from within, from the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
7:22 thefts, avarice, wickedness, deceitfulness, homosexuality, an evil eye, blasphemy, self-exaltation, foolishness.
7:23 All these evils procede from within and pollute a man.”
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