In today’s Gospel the Pharisees accused the disciples of breaking the rules of kosher. These rules were originally given to the Israelites for health reasons. The Old Testament in Leviticus Eleven forbade them the eating of pork or shellfish. There was no refrigeration back then, and God wanted to protect the people from food poisoning, and Jesus went along with that.
However, when five hundred years before his time, the Scribes began adding other harmless foods to the list of what was kosher (appropriate), Jesus protected the right of people to eat harmless foods when they were hungry.
He said, “Nothing that enters one from outside can defile a person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.” He said that it is from our hearts that come “evil thoughts, theft, greed, malice, deceit.”
We can combine that thought with what Jesus says to us in Chapter Three of the Book of Revelations: “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone should hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and dine with him.”That makes you think that if you keep your heart free from evil thoughts, Christ will come in and stay with you. It will be a private chapel where you can meet with him at all times.