Jesus' ministry is not what John the Baptist expected it to be.
Season after Pentecost | 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 125; (Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146;) James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 7:24-37
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.
I have spent most of my Christian life in deep discomfort with Mark 7. I now read it as an early example of the priesthood of all believers.