16 Days of Mark: Chapter 7
Gospel of Mark: Day 7
The Tradition of the Elders
The Syrophoenician Woman's Faith
Jesus Cures the Deaf Man
Journaling Questions for Reflection
And He said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.' You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men (Mark 7:6-8)." Where in my life have I been hypocritical? How does being hypocritical scandalize others? Which of God's commands do I find most challenging? Why? How will I ask God to help me understand His commands better? How can Jesus soften my heart?
And He said to them, "What comes out of man is what defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man (Mark 7:20-22)." When was the last time I went to Confession? How often do I make an examination of conscience? How often do I avoid the near occasion of sin?
But she answered Him, "Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs (Mark 7:28)." The Syrophoenician woman approaches Jesus with great boldness and humility. How can I be both bold and humble? What role does humility play in my life? How can I seek opportunities to grow in humility? What is the relationship between humility and self-worth?
And taking him aside from the multitude privately, He put His fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue (Mark 7:33). How much time do I spend with Jesus in private? What does Jesus need to heal in my life? Ask Jesus to draw you into prayer.
"Be opened (Mark 7:34)." What parts of my heart need to be open? What parts of my life? What is closed to the will of God? My finances? My career? My relationships? My love life? My prayer life? My emotions? My past? My fears? My gifts? Invite Jesus into everything.
Day 7 Challenge:
Pray the Litany of Humility (by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val).
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved... From the desire of being extolled ... From the desire of being honored ... From the desire of being praised ... From the desire of being preferred to others... From the desire of being consulted ... From the desire of being approved ... From the fear of being humiliated ... From the fear of being despised... From the fear of suffering rebukes ... From the fear of being calumniated ... From the fear of being forgotten ... From the fear of being ridiculed ... From the fear of being wronged ... From the fear of being suspected ...
That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I ... That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease ... That others may be chosen and I set aside ... That others may be praised and I unnoticed ... That others may be preferred to me in everything... That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…