|“What emerges from within a man, that and nothing else is what makes him impure.” —Mark 7:20|
“All these evils come from within and render a man impure.” —Mark 7:23
The source of “acts of fornication, theft, murder, adulterous conduct, greed, maliciousness, deceit, sensuality, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, an obtuse spirit” (Mk 7:21-22) is the impurity inside us. Consequently, it is very important to be cleansed inside and to remain clean inside. This means that:
Be clean and stay clean — deep inside — and thus be free and holy.
|Prayer: Father, whatever it takes, cleanse the temple of my heart (see Jn 2:15ff).|
|Promise: “The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.” —Gn 2:7|
|Praise: St. Josephine forgave those who enslaved her and gave herself freely to her Lord.|