Tradition! | Rev. John Elford

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Readings

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15

Now when the Pharisees and some of the religious scholars who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and Jewish people in general, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 

So the Pharisees and religious scholars asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of our ancestors, but eat with defiled hands?”

Jesus answered, “Isaiah prophesied accurately about you hypocrites, as it is written,

‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.’

You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”

Then Jesus called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out of us are what defile.”


Chad Jones