(Mt 12:33-37) / (Mt 15:1-20, Mk 7-23)

Jesus seem to be hammering away at the message that He does not appreciate those in positions of social power who claim to speak the word of God but in reality use their power to accumulate material gain and for petty ends, for fruitless purposes, men who, despite their privileged position, do nothing to plant the seeds of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

The traditions of men as men are based on weak foundations, miserable principles, and shallow roots, deprived of light as they shoot up from out of the earth, and those who have faith in such traditions are blind and will fall into the pit, generation after generation.