Caught Up in the Externals
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – September 2nd, 2018
How many times have we heard, or perhaps even said ourselves: “So-and-so is a Pharisee.” “That person is so Pharisaical.” “They are caught up in Pharisaism.”
Today’s Gospel (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23) offers us a good opportunity to understand the role of the Pharisees in Judaism, and why Jesus and others had such strong feelings against their behavior. Who were the Pharisees of Jesus’ time, and who are their modern-day contemporaries?
Let me try to simplify a very complex topic to help us understand today’s Gospel. The Pharisees sought to make the