DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 7:1-13
Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders; and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they purify themselves; and there are many other traditions which they observe, the washing of cups and pots and vessels of bronze.)
And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with hands defiled?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, `This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.”
He said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God, in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, `Honor your father and your mother’; and, `He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die’; but you say, `If a man tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is Corban’ (that is, given to God) – then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition which you hand on. And many such things you do.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Gospel today we read the Scribes and Pharisees were upset with Jesus because he allowed his disciples to break with their ritual traditions by eating with unclean hands. Jesus dealt with their accusation by going to the heart of the matter that is by looking at God’s intention and purpose for the commandments. He gave an example of how their use of ritual tradition excused them from fulfilling the commandment to honor one’s father and mother. And so they broke God’s law to fulfill a law of their own making.
Against the Pharisees and the scribes, Jesus accused them that like actors, who put on a show, they appear to obey God’s word in their external practices while they inwardly harbor evil desires and intentions. It’s their hypocrisy. He also accused them of abandoning God’s word by substituting their own arguments and ingenious interpretations for what God requires. They honored God with their lips while their hearts went astray because of disobedience to God’s laws.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we learn to listen to God’s word with faith and reverence. We believe that it will both enlighten our mind and purify our heart and thus enabling us to better understand how he wants us to love and obey him. Jesus Christ, the Lord, invites us to draw near to him and to worship him. Let’s approach with a clean heart and mind.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, cleanse and renew us with the purifying fire of your Holy Spirit. Let it cleanse our mind and my heart that we may love you purely and serve you worthily now and forever. Amen.
After having adoration in the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist in Girli Kebon Dalem.
Kredit foto: Ilustrasi (Ist)