Mt 15:10-14

From Today’s Gospel Reading in the Revised Common Lectionary:

10 Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, ‘Listen and understand: 11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.’ 12Then the disciples approached and said to him, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees took offence when they heard what you said?’ 13He answered, ‘Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind.* And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.’

I love Jesus’ detachment around the Pharisees. They are just blind people who lead other blind fools into ditches. Rather interesting in this regard that he doesn’t bother to re-educate them or apparently care too much about these heading into the ditch individuals. Or getting those already in the ditch out. Kinda karmic view almost. Ironic and in a way strikes me as. The other reference to the Pharisees is that they are not planted by The Father hence they will simply be uprooted–a violent image yet softened somehow by the possibility that Jesus could be simultaneously describing quote unquote how it is but also feel sorrow that it is going to happen. Or again it maybe total detachment or yet even possible anger and glee at their coming peril. It is total confidence whatever else it is. The non-Fatherly planted plants will be uprooted; the Pharisees are blind idiots who will undoubtedly lead other blind idiots and where must blind being lead by blind head if not straight into a ditch?

This is why he is such a hard character to read, so fascinating to explore.

The obvious implication in Jesus’ answer to the overly neurotic question of the disciples is that he (JC) couldn’t care the proverbial vermin’s backside what the Pharisees think about him, his teaching, and his crew.

The commandment to Leave them Alone is an intriguing one. Again karmic. Simply do not get involved in their inevitable fall. This is a particular intriguing message in relation to churches and church people (myself included) who are always trying to rescue lost causes–mostly for our own egoic reasons at bottom however much we try to rationalize/justify said actions with good-intention pious language. But at base, they are usually as self-obsessed as the disciples (“The Pharisees are upset—What Will people Think of Us Jesus?”).

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