Today is Monday 14th of July, in the Fifteenth Week of Ordinary Time.

The Sons of Korah sing Psalm 1, Blessed is the man, the man who does not walk, in the Counsel of the Wicked.

Today’s reading is from the Prophet Isaiah.

There’s no mistaking the attitude that God has to solemn rituals and ceremonies in this reading from Isaiah – line after line of scathing comments, loathing, disgust….     Does this surprise you?   Can you remember attending a ceremony or a liturgy that made you feel like that?   Could it be perhaps that that feeling was God-given?  - a dislike prompted by God?  - the Lord trying to tell you something?

As well as hearing what disgusts him, we are also told what pleases God at the end of this passage: doing good, searching for justice, helping the oppressed, the orphan, the widow.   When did you last witness that?  Think back: perhaps you were the one doing justice, or perhaps you were on the ‘receiving end’ of it.

Listen again to the reading – from beginning to end.  What is it that really disgusts God?   Is it just that people have such elaborate rituals?  Or is it their hypocrisy in taking part in these religious ceremonies, but turning their back on God in the rest of their lives?

Does hearing this prompt me to examine my own ‘religious practice’? – in liturgy and in life?  Can I ask God for the grace to be true to him in all of my life – to do God’s will in Church and outside of it?