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Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14

The Word of God

Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 'Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat.' Jesus called the crowd to him and said to them, 'Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.' Then the disciples approached and said to him, 'Do you know that the Pharisees took offence when they heard what you said?' He answered, 'Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.'

Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14
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    • Jesus is always calling us to the deeper meaning beneath rules and practices. He challenges us “it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles”. How easily we can speak without thinking and not realise the hurt and pain it can cause to others. Let us take a moment to consider the power our words have, both to restore and to destroy.
    • Jesus is the Word made flesh. What does this mean for my life today?
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    • The Pharisees were concerned with the rituals of their time and thought little of those who did not observe them. It can happen in our time too, that people become focused on what they eat, on what they consume, and think less of those who live differently. Jesus pays attention to words and works. He is less interested in how the body performs than in how the heart is formed.
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    • These are harsh words about the Pharisees, who were, after all, the upholders of religion and law. They were not 'bad people'! Somehow they were righteous, moral, people of high standards. But Jesus always seems to look farther than people do - he looks to the heart. He looks to see if we nourish what his Father plants in us - care, compassion, openness and union with the Father. On this we judge ourselves and others, if we judge at all.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • These are harsh words about the Pharisees, who were, after all, the upholders of religion and law. They were not 'bad people'! Somehow they were righteous, moral, people of high standards. But Jesus always seems to look farther than people do - he looks to the heart. He looks to see if we nourish what his Father plants in us - care, compassion, openness and union with the Father. On this we judge ourselves and others, if we judge at all.