Tuesday, 5 August 2008

My Thoughts on Today's Bible Readings

In today's gospel reading the Pharisees reprimanded Jesus for not telling his disciples to follow the traditions of their elders. Haven't we all heard this before? Older people have reprimanded the younger ones for this very thing since the dawn of civilization and will probably continue to do so all the way to Jesus' second coming (the identities of the 'older people' and the 'younger ones' change though). Now there is nothing wrong in following traditions. The Catholic faith is built on following the traditions of yesteryear all the way to the apostolic times. But we shouldn't follow traditions blindly but discern whether they are right or not. The Pharisees and scribes obviously do not see this; to them any Jew who practiced the rituals rightly and at the right times was automatically right with God, never mind what was in his or her heart.
Do we do this nowadays? Do we question traditions? Do we discern whether they are worth following? Do we automatically label all those who do as 'disrespectful' and 'rebellious'? How do we discern our traditions anyway? Do we automatically rebel against all traditions without discernment? Let us pray to God that His will be done in this, that He help us discern and take appropriate action when it comes to obeying tradition.

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