Feast of St. Paul Miki and Companions
Mark 7:1-13

To the scribes and Pharisees, the rules and regulations on how to wash hands before meals and between each course were the essence of religion. To observe them was to please God; to break them was to sin. This was their idea of goodness and being of the service of God.

In the religious sense, Jesus and these people spoke different languages. It was precisely because He had no use for all these regulations that they considered Him a bad man.

There is a fundamental separation here – the separation between the person who sees religion as ritual, ceremony, rules and regulations, and the person who sees in religion loving God and loving one another.