Ord. Wk 18th: Tuesday,  Tuesday, 8th August,2017  (Mt 15:1-2;10-14)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Unclean – Sin: In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaimed, “What goes into the mouth does not make anyone unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes someone unclean.”  The most common grievous sin is to gossip and malign someone’s character and reputation.  Let us praise the goodness that we see in people in spite of their imperfections. 

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem came to Jesus and said, ‘Why do your disciples break away from the tradition of the elders? They eat without washing their hands.’ 

He called the people to him and said, ‘Listen, and understand. What goes into the mouth does not make anyone unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes someone unclean.’ 

Then the disciples came to him and said, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees were shocked when they heard what you said?’ He replied, ‘Any plant my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind; and if one blind person leads another, both will fall into a pit.’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • In the Gospel passage, Jesus chides the Pharisees for their very particular observance of ritual cleanliness while neglecting true interior conversion.  Such inauthentic living is hypocritical.

  • As faithful follower of Christ we cannot hide anything from the Lord who knows everything that is in our heart and soul.  He knows us better than we know ourselves. 

  • Reflect on your life and try to ask yourself whether you have been able to live your life for God.  Do you allow the external influences of your friends and colleagues and the secular world to unduly distort the Christ-like life that you are meant to live daily?