Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14
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 that person; 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 person leads
a blind person, both will fall into a pit."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, give me knowledge
of your ways so that I can love the path
you have drawn out for me and have hope in
every step along its way. I humble myself before you,
because you continually show me that your ways are not
our ways. I thank you, for this is where I
find true happiness.
Jesus, teach me your ways.
1. Tradition and Traditions: Christ is telling us about the
essentials. The Pharisees had amassed a great number of traditions.
Many of these were made in good faith and helped
man progress in virtue, but they missed the mark. They
replaced a loving relationship with rituals. Let us get back
to what is essential in our life with Christ. Do
I give more importance to my customs and likes, rather
than to what Christ asks of me through his Church?
Am I missing the mark by putting more focus on
the means to the end, rather than on the end
itself – Christ?
Interior Man: What comes out of a man’s mouth shows
who he is; it shows what he values in his
heart. Either we will hear words that are permeated with
God’s love, or we will hear all types of vile
and foul speech. We will see if a man is
self-centered or centered on the needs of others. We will
understand who sees himself as an instrument of God and
who uses God as an instrument to his success. What
is inside of man always comes out in his speech.
3. True Leadership: Man is
to follow the wisdom of God. A person filled with
wisdom knows how best to help another person attain his
goal: unity with Christ. There are many types of plants
(people) out there; we must follow those which have been
sown with the wisdom of God. We need help discerning
which plants come from our Lord. We can recognize them
by their fruits, but still we may need a spiritual
director to help us discern the movements of our own
soul, so that we don’t fall in the blind man’s
Conversation with Christ: Lord
Jesus, we live in a confusing world where people call
the bad, “good” and the good, “bad”. Help me to
discern so that I will always have your peace in
Resolution: I will
make a visit to our Lord in the Eucharist and
ask for the gift of wisdom.