What does it do to the body and spirit to be preyed upon constantly?
Season after Pentecost | 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Isaiah 35:4-7a (Psalm 146); James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 7:24-37 | Semi-continuous first reading: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 (Psalm 125)
In the Talmud, there is a story of a group of rabbis arguing over the status of a particular clay oven. Is it clean or unclean? Rabbi Eliezer stands alone against the interpretation given by his fellow sages, and he begins to call upon nature to confirm him.