Today’s Gospel lesson is a continuation of last week’s Gospel lesson where Jesus roundly rejected the Pharisees and Scribes for following traditions blindly. In today’s lesson, that correction is extended to his disciples – or perhaps better said – to the believers, to us.
Jesus said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’” Comes out of him? When we sin against God in thought, word, and deed, when we sin against our family, friends, and neighbors in what we say, the uncleanness in us comes out of our mouth.
There is one and only one way to make yourself clean again, that is ask God for forgiveness, seek forgiveness from those you have wrong. And most of all remember that Jesus died on a cross for your forgiveness and salvation.