A wise person understands that the things we say can have the power to uplift another. It is also true that the things that we say can have the effect of crushing another into the dust. In today’s gospel, Jesus recognizes that what we say can defile us, so we need to be careful about the things we say.
Some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders?
They do not wash their hands when they eat a meal.”
He summoned the crowd and said to them, “Hear and understand.
It is not what enters one’s mouth that defiles the man;
but what comes out of the mouth is what defiles one.”
Do our words provide hope and comfort, or do they crush the spirit of those who hear them?
O Lord, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise.