But that which comes out of the mouth comes from the heart. Matthew 15:18
When some of the Pharisees and teachers of the Law put forward to Jesus regarding that his disciples did not follow the tradition of the elders, he said, ” Listen and understand : What enters into the mouth does not make a person unclean, but what comes out of his mouth may defile him. ” (Matthew 15:10)
All societies have felt the necessity of separating good from evil, but they have done so according to human criteria. Jesus judges that criteria. For the Jewish people they made a distinction between the clean and the unclean in the worship of God according to human tradition. Jesus showed that the true purity did not depend on external conditions. People become unclean not because of what goes into them : Food, money, social relationship, religious rites… But by what comes out of them : Praise, good words, concern encouragement, good intentions that produce good feelings and actions.
We live in a world which modern societies worship money and operate according to laws imposed by money. Experience show that only the rich are treated like persons with dignity. The poor, the laborers as inferior persons and excluded as unclean from whatever ” Decent ” place.
The poor, the low class are ashamed to do manual work and feel inferior because they live in conditions that society considers as proper for them. Jesus would tell modern Christians that they must get rid themselves of such thinking. God sees the heart and indeed it is from the heart that counts.
God loves a clean and pure heart for Him alone.