The wrong externals
Salvation comes from Christ, not from purely external adherence to rituals and legalistic codes, as Saint Paul reminds in today’s first reading (Galatians 5:1-6).
Our Lord himself in today’s Gospel (Luke 11:37-41) likewise warns us about focusing on the externals
You cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish,
inside you are filled with plunder and evil.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, be merciful to me – a sinner.