**Matthew 15:3 **Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
Matthew 15:6 he is not to 'honor his father with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
Mark 7:7-9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. 8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men."** 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!
These verses are commonly used by Protestants to downplay Catholic tradition. I have heard time and time again from My Non Catholic friends that “it is not about tradition” “blah blah”, and they are going off these verses. I am aware of the many verses in which we are commanded to hold fast to traditions. So my queston is what is the context in which Jesus was talking here. I assume he was speaking about the Pharisees putting themselves before God?