It’s Not The Intake – Rather, It Is The Outflow That Condemns

'Lost and Found' by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.
“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission.

Gospel – 8/4/20 – 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.”

Jesus once more enters the breach. His message will never resonate with the Pharisees. They don’t want to hear what he’s saying – they want to tell him what to say.

Jesus knows how the deck is stacked so he plays the hand dealt him. He speaks directly to the people. And those people who wish to hear will know and understand.

Your choice of meat or vegetable, or how you go about eating it, won’t make you worthy nor will it condemn you in the eyes of God. It is what you say, how you act toward others – that’s what condemns you.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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