MATTHEW 15:1-2, 10-14 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (August 4, 2020)
Then, the Pharisees, and the teachers of the law, who had come from Jerusalem, gathered around Jesus. And they said to him. “Why don’t your disciples follow the tradition of the elders? For they, they don’t wash their hands before eating.” Jesus then called the people to him, and said to them, “Listen and understand: What enters into the mouth does make a person unclean. What defiles a person is what comes out of his mouth.” After a while the disciples gathered around Jesus and said, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended by what you said?” Jesus answered, “Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted shall be uprooted. Pay no attention to them! They are blind, leading the blind. When a blind person leads another, the two will go into the pit.”
POINTS OF REFLECTION
What makes a person unclean is the one that comes out of their mouth not the one who enters into their mouth.
Brothers and sisters, this Bible reading teaches us that what we take in does not count or matter but what really counts are the tackles words that come out from the sharp tongue capable of hurting anyone.
Brothers and sisters it is better to become deaf and mute if you are sharp of tongue for it might be the cause of your going into hell.