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1 Kings 10:1-10; Mark 7:14-23

The heart of being Christian is proclaiming and following  the message of Jesus.  Jesus’ dialogue with his disciples in today’s gospel cuts to the heart of the Christian message asserting that internal disposition of heart, not punctilious external obligation, is central to following Jesus.

Doubtless Jesus was engaged in a discussion about the Jewish  food laws as contained in the Jewish law.  Does observation of these make one holy and lack of observation defile one?   Jesus is forthright:  “Are even you likewise without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from the outside cannot defile. . .  .But what comes out of a man, that is what defiles him.”

Jesus’ message throughout the Gospel is primarily heart-centered, love-centered! Over and over again Jesus calls disciples to a quality of life that flows from love; on occasion he is even willing to break the law if it interferes with loving others.   Witness this in  his healings on the Sabbath.  Witness this also also in his teaching that the whole law and the prophets are summed up in the two great commandments of loving God and loving our neighbor. Yes,  witness this also in his condemnation of Pharisees whom he called “hypocrites.”

We  are privileged to belong to our religious institutions because they   help us  be faithful to Jesus’ call to  love God and neighbor with our entire heart, mind,  soul and body — in short, to become the persons that God created us to be!

By Dick Hauser

Pope Francis Twitter Feed

* Our Way of Life *

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)

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