The Life Teen Podcast is attached. Readings for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5; Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.
“Everything we have is a gift from God: except sin which is all ours. Sometimes we forget that these elements of our faith are true gifts. For example, when was the last time we thanked God for the Commandments? God makes his desire for us known and he makes the path to him straight: the question is if we want to be on that path. Everything comes from heaven and we are made for heaven. So when God gives us the Commandments, these are gifts. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is reminding us what a gift the Commandments are: the big “T” traditions the Church gives us versus the small “t” traditions that we take on. God reminds us that all good gifts are from God; all good gifts are designed that we will live; all good gifts are designed that we will come back to God. What turns this upside down is what comes from within us. Jesus gives us the Commandments and the Church to guard our sacred truths. The Church still hands on these statutes and decrees so that we won’t die and will live.” (Mark Hart)
This podcast is an excellent foundation for a weekly Bible study focused on the readings throughout the liturgical year. These Bible studies can be at the parish, at a coffee shop or even on-line.