Corban

Corban

Mark 7: 9-13

9 And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honour your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ 11 But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban’ (that is, a gift devoted to God), 12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

Hypocrites say one thing and do another.

The Pharisees had a law to honour parents but they designated their money as Corban (devoted to God) so that they didn’t need to give anything. 

Yet what made them hypocrites was their attack on the disciples for having unwashed ceremonial hands at the same time having this stance towards their parents. 

It still happens today. 

We need to be careful on the heaviness of our judgment against the lightness of our own conduct. 

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