Genesis: 2:4b-9,15-17
Mark: 7:14-23


The readings for today would be considered by many as old-world and not relevant. However, there is much wisdom and truth. Firstly, the notion of eating from the tree of knowledge (good and evil). As the saying goes “a little knowledge is dangerous”. Why? It can set our pride on fire so that we proclaim what we deem right and create laws that alienate and sideline people in the hope that we gain more power and control.

Then, in terms of riches, we can use our religion for the purpose that we set ourselves apart. We can seduce ourselves into thinking that as a religious leader I am more than these other poor sods. Yet, in God’s eyes, nothing could be further from the truth. Every child, and every person is important in the eyes of God, and anything that defiles us is manufactured in our minds and hearts. If we seek to use people for our own purposes we must ready ourselves that we defile life, therefore, ourselves and our creator.

How often do we read in the gospels of Jesus not presuming healing but rather acting out of compassion, justice and mercy. “Of course, I want to heal you”; I want what is best for you; you see the father in me; God is not interested in our mistakes rather our hearts; we need the healing love of unconditional acceptance along with a willingness to change. So, be humble, be compassionate and show empathy and be forgiving. In so much as you did this to one of these little ones, you did it to me.” (Mt25)

Paul Traynor is married to Clare and has two children Sam and Lucy. He lives in Greytown which is in the Wairarapa Region on the North Island of New Zealand. Paul is currently working as the National Passionist Family Groups Coordinator for Aotearoa, New Zealand.