Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1Gn 1:20—2:4a; Gospel Mk 7:1-13
The two readings as well as the psalm of the day could very well be twined and the in-depth and meaningful message it communicates seem to be astonishing. The first reading from the book of Genesis narrates to us the fabulous creation of God as he created the earth and the heavens and all that they contained. One of the very interesting statements in the creation story is the comment made by the author of the book regarding God’s perspective or rather opinion regarding His own creation “that God saw everything was good.” In short there isn’t anything bad in the whole creation of God.
The Psalmist thus praises God “. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth.” All of us who experience the fruit of God’s creations and who have been chosen as the crown of creation are expected to join the psalmist in singing the same refrain “. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth.”
When it comes to the gospel passage of the day we see a contrast in the attitude of the scribes and Pharisees who criticized the disciples of Jesus since they ate without washing their hands before meals. They created such an opposition not because they had a concern for the health of the disciples instead they were very hypocritical regarding the man made laws as against what God has created. The human person who is the crown of creation whom God found so good is devalued as contrary to the laws made by the creation (Human Beings). Let us make a pledge to see all what God created with a lot of contentment and gratitude. Let us not look down or complain against the beauty of God’s creation.