Today is Tuesday, the 5th of August, in the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time.

Jodi Penner sings The Winds of God.

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.

Throughout the Gospels, the scribes and Pharisees are continually questioning Jesus. What questions does this reading stir in you?

"Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles." How does hearing these words make you feel?

As you listen to the reading again, put yourself into this story, what phrase or word stays with you? What phrase or word stayed with you? Hold this in your mind for a moment now… what about this word or phrase struck you?

As this time of prayer comes to a close, I might want to ask Jesus for the guidance to let him work through me and to live more like he did.