Jesus is breaking down the wall of the law that protects Jewish identity. Jesus declares all food clean and confronts the Pharisees with forsaking God’s law for human law. He accuses them of hiding from God’s will under the guise of seeking holiness. The laws they observe don’t lead to praise and glory of God and justice and peace toward neighbor. The Pharisees don’t see at work in Jesus the same God who gave them the law.
What religious traditions do you keep that bring you closer to God?
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The story goes that when the Catholic Church stopped requiring abstinence from meat on Fridays, a worried church official went to talk to Pope John XXIII. “What about all the souls we condemned to hell for eating meat on Fridays?” the man inquired.
“Perhaps they are not there,” John suggested gently. “Perhaps God did not listen to us.”
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