1 Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders; 4 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.) 5 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?" 6 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; 7 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.' 8 You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men." 9 And he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God, in order to keep your tradition! 10 For Moses said, `Honor your father and your mother'; and, `He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die'; 11 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) - 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God through your tradition which you hand on. And many such things you do."
When we are occupied with many laws and regulations, we forget what is essential. Jesus is asking each and every one of us to return back to the essentials of life. What is essential in life? As Christian, what is more important for us is, to know God and love Him. Once we know this God and put all our energy to love Him, we search de facto what is His will and try all the best to please Him. If many of us get confused about the will of God, it is because we don’t know Him and because we don’t know Him, we find difficult to love him and since our love is not that deep, our commitment to accomplish His will get weakened.
Many of us get content by reducing ourselves simply trying to do what is good against what is bad and choose what is right against what is wrong. It is here we make a big blunder. As Christians these kind of dualistic approach make us mediocrity and get satified by doing with less efficacy.
Once our life is rooted in knowing, loving and accomplishing the will of the Father, just like Jesus, everything get less important, including our cult and tradition. The people who give more importance to the cult and tradition fail to see the importance of fraternity filled with compassion and love. Here we become very rigid and apply the rules and regulations so severely, that we end up less human and more animal, simply obeying the masters of law and tradition.
We have to be watchful in every instant that in doing the right thing, devil may enter in our mind, which refuse and block us to see everything with the eye of God, which is filled with compassion and love and force us to choose what is correct and good before the law and tradition.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
Mammon refuses to provide for parents in old age, by John Chrysostom (347-407 AD)
"Christ says, 'Care for the poor' (Matthew 19:21; Mark 10:21; Luke 14:13); Mammon says, 'Take away even those things the poor possess.' Christ says, 'Empty yourself of what you have' (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23); Mammon says, 'Take also what they possess.' Do you see the opposition, the strife between them? See how it is that one cannot obey both, but must reject one?... Christ says, 'None of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions' (Luke 14:33); Mammon says, 'Take the bread from the hungry.' Christ says, 'Cover the naked' (Matthew 25:34-40; Isaiah 58:7); the other says, 'Strip the naked.' Christ says, 'You shall not turn away from your own family (Isaiah 58:7), and those of your own house' (1 Timothy 5:8; Galatians 6:10); Mammon says, 'You shall not show mercy to those of your own family. Though you see your mother or your father in want, despise them' (Mark 7:11)." (excerpt from HOMILIES ON PHILIPPIANS 6.25)