Mark 7:1-13Date posted: February 6, 2023
February 7, 2023 (Tuesday)
Let us all remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they
noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees,
and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands thus observing the tradition of the elders; and
they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they
observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles. So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your
disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” He said to them, “Isaiah
prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are
far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ You abandon the commandment
of God and hold to human tradition.” Then he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of
God in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever speaks evil
of father or mother must surely die.’ But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, ‘Whatever support you might
have had from me is Corban’ (that is, an offering to God)— then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or
mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things
The Gospel reminds us to focus more on the purity of our intentions and actions. God will judge us not on what we
put into our mouths but on what we do to let other people feel the love of God. Sometimes, there are tendencies
that we focus more on the peripherals, not on the core of our being. With this, we tend to be more hypocritical and
always wait for praise and acknowledgment. The gospel reminds us to allow God to enter our lives and let Him
shape our hearts and minds. What makes me unclean, unwashed hands or hearts full of resentment and hatred?
Lasallian Guiding Principle
LGP states, “As a member of a community, of the nation, and of the global village, Lasallian institutions must work in solidarity with peoples and institutions that share the conviction in denouncing and working towards the elimination of unjust practices…”
As Lasallians, we must do our work and mission with a clean, pure heart and intention. Let us allow ourselves to be like Jesus, ever meek, humble and has a pure heart for all of us.
Synod on Synodality Prayer
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, Make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and
what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son,
forever and ever.
St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
St. Miguel Febres Cordero, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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DLSU IRPA. (n.d.). Guiding Principles of the Philippine Lasallian Family.
Retrieved June 22, 2020, from http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/inside/lasallian-guiding-principles/default.asp
Prepared by Guiller Nicholas Pescasio , Volunteer Seminarian, through the DLSMHSI Lasallian Mission and
Linkages and Advancement, Campus Ministry, and Chaplaincy
Our Daily Lasallian Reflection and Prayer is a DLSMHSI gift to the Lasallian family for the 2019 Celebration of the
Year of Vocation and the Tercentenary celebration of the death of our founder SJBDLS.