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Outward Face/hidden Man

This people pays Me lip service, but their heart is far from Me
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Sermon Topic Hypocrisy

Sermon Week Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 7:6

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Because we are by nature social beings, we live in societies. It is in the nature of man to prefer the security and stability of organized society over the risks inherent in total independence. But societies are not organized and perpetuated helter-skelter. Societies exist because their members are more or less congenial to a common attitude and approach to life. Sociologists use technical terms like "mores," "norms," "folkways," "standards," "values," to define various aspects of this unifying force. But, in simplest terms, what we are saying is that the members of any enduring society have a lot in common, a body of common customs.

In Western Societies it is customary to eat with a fork. In China, the custom is to use chopsticks. In some Western Societies cars are driven on the right side of the road; in others the left side is customary. In some societies, one's ancestry is traced through the mother; in others it is traced through the father. In most societies people cleanse their bodies by bathing in water; Arctic natives scrape themselves clean. We could go on and on, of course. In so doing, we would see that as modern technology shrinks the world before our eyes, we become more and more aware of the extraordinary diversity of social customs. Modern aircraft fly us to the ends of the earth within hours. "Telstar" brings distant cultures into our living rooms with the flick of a dial. Every day of our lives there are forces at work reminding us that we are all members of the same "global village," to use a popular expression of modern social commentators.

In this "global village" atmosphere, as our opportunities to understand and evaluate other people's customs increase, we should bear in mind that other peoples of the world are being afforded the same opportunities to understand and evaluate ours. And, in the process, all the peoples of the world are coming to realize-better, perhaps, than ever before-that adherence to established customs, mores, norms and folkways, is not in itself conclusive evidence of their being beneficial. It is not necessarily [...]

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