Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

External religious observance has its place but will never suffice to make us authentic followers of Christ. It is relatively easy to observe rituals and to affirm doctrines but, unfortunately, such observance can easily co-exist with an interior attitude that is judgmental and unforgiving. As the gospel reminds us, reconciliation with the alienated people in our lives and often families is more important than meticulous, or even scrupulous, religious observance.