Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Reflection for Tuesday August 5, Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14

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Gospel: Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14
Some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They do not wash their hands when they eat a meal.” He summoned the crowd and said to them, “Hear and understand. It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles the man; but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one.” Then his disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” He said in reply, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.
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Reflection:
Whom would you prefer a person who observes the tradition of washing of hands before eating a meal or a person who doesn’t observe this tradition? We would obviously prefer the one who observes the tradition.

But what if those who observe the tradition do it only for people to see them doing it and there’s no interior cleansing that happens to them? And those who don’t observe the tradition are the ones who are interiorly clean. We would now prefer those who do not observe the tradition but they are clean from within their hearts.     

Jesus is not against the washing of hands per se but what He is against is the external display of holiness. For example, what is the use of our religious devotions if there is no internal transformation that occurs in our hearts?

We continue to do bad things and we continue to cling to what is evil, so what is the use of our acts of holiness if it’s only for people to see? - mjdasma     

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