"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 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,
'These people honor 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"
Mk: 7: 1-8
* Hands were washed because it was a rite of purification. This is a symbol
of the moral purity a person should have before God. The Pharisees had
paid attention on the external rite without much religious significance.
Jesus came to fulfill the Law; teaching the proper way to show reverence
It is still common nowadays that the tradition of men overlook the internal
significance and the value of placing God at the centre of one's endeavour and love.
Sometimes the focus shift away from the true trajectory and goal ... Almighty
Love Him, adore Him, worship Him! We exist because of Him; without Him
life's meaning is obscure. As St John wrote in the gospel, the Lord said, "I have
come that you may have life to the full."
Source: The Navarre Bible: St Mark