February 8, 2017

Genesis 2: 4- 9, 15- 17

2:4 These are the generations of heaven and earth, when they were created, in the day when the Lord God made heaven and earth,
2:5 and every sapling of the field, before it would rise up in the land, and every wild plant, before it would germinate. For the Lord God had not brought rain upon the earth, and there was no man to work the land.
2:6 But a fountain ascended from the earth, irrigating the entire surface of the land.
2:7 And then the Lord God formed man from the clay of the earth, and he breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul.
2:8 Now the Lord God had planted a Paradise of enjoyment from the beginning. In it, he placed the man whom he had formed.
2:9 And from the soil the Lord God produced every tree that was beautiful to behold and pleasant to eat. And even the tree of life was in the midst of Paradise, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
2:15 Thus, the Lord God brought the man, and put him into the Paradise of enjoyment, so that it would be attended and preserved by him.
2:16 And he instructed him, saying: “From every tree of Paradise, you shall eat.
2:17 But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat. For in whatever day you will eat from it, you will die a death.”

Mark 7: 14- 23

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.
7:16 Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”
7:17 And when he had entered into the house, away from the crowd, his disciples questioned him about the parable.
7:18 And he said to them: “So, are you also without prudence? Do you not understand that everything entering to a man from outside is not able to pollute him?
7:19 For it does not enter into his heart, but into the gut, and it exits into the sewer, purging all foods.”
7:20 “But,” he said “the things which go out from a man, these 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.”