BREAKING AWAY FROM THE TRADITIONS OF THE ELDERS
Week 18 in Ordinary Time
(Saint John Mary Vianney), Priest. Matthew 15.1-2,10-14
This is one of the most difficult things to do; questioning the traditions of the elders is almost a taboo.
And, sometimes people remain in bondage because they don’t want to break the tradition, and if you do, you are held responsible for anything evil whether connected or not, that happens in the community.
According to the disciples of Jesus, the Pharisees were shocked to hear Jesus on this matter.
A fanatic thinks in terms of black and white, no grey, no balance.
For some people everything about tradition should be destroyed, for some, not even an iota should be questioned. Jesus said it all, any tree not planted by the Father will be pulled up from the ROOT.
It’s time to pull ourselves out of evil traditions, it’s time to pull out traditions of wickedness and bondage.
It’s time to question every tradition to find out what it stands for, it’s time to pull out of backward, stagnant, blind, wicked and demonic traditions wherever they exist.
Traditions are meant to be positive foundations and bedrocks for growth, development and maturity.
They are meant to be deposits of wisdom and experience.
They are meant to be guides and tools for reflections. They are not meant to become obstacles or chains that hold people in bondage.
They are not meant to blind us to the reality of the time.
May God give us the wisdom and power to break out of evil traditions in Jesus name Amen.
‘A CHRISTIAN IS NOT AN ORDINARY PERSON’