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22nd Sunday of OT (B)

Divine conception of the heart Mark 7: 1–8, 14–15, 21–23

In 2000, three weeks after my father’s death, I left the shores of Trinidad for beautiful Grenada. I would be there for the next twenty-one months, involved in conducting retreats mainly for the youths and young adults.

I must admit, those were challenging days, for I was always on retreat myself, inspiring me constantly to self-examination, living my Chrisianity consciously. I could not pretend around these young people, (youths see through you quite easily). I had to live a Christianity that reflected a kind of love, care, concern for those around me that was not a ‘put on’ but flowed from a heart that was genuine. Not giving way to pride, anger, to insincerity that flows naturally from the heart.

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