Scripture Readings

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Matthew 14:35-15:11 (Gospel)

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And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick,
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and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.
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Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying,
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Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.
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He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?
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For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’
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But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God” –
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’then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.
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Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
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These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.
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And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ “
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When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand:
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Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.