St. Mark 12:38-44
In (Jesus') teaching he said, 'Beware of the scribes who like to walk about in long robes, to be greeted respectfully in the market squares, to take the front seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets; these are the men who devour the property of widows and for show offer long prayers. The more severe will be the sentence they receive.'
I have a dog. When I'm out with my dog, people talk to the dog. When they ask me who I am, I tell them I am the dog's owner.
That 'dog talk' is something that people do as much as they use 'baby talk' when speaking to babies. In fact, the approach (gibberish) employed by people in both kinds of situations, while amusing, is probably not the best way either a dog or an infant comes to appreciate or understand human language.Unless the conversation leads to an inquiry about faith, then the dog remains a mere prop, and the opportunity to share the Gospel is lost.
And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” St. Matthew 5:10-11.But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.—St. Matthew 5:28
Are we puritans?