Read Luke 11 today.

We find the story of Jesus’ conversation with some of the Pharisees in this chapter. His relationship with them was becoming more and more adversarial. During this meal, they challenged Jesus for not following the hand washing ritual.
We all have our rituals. They are the patterns we follow when we awaken, when we get into the car, when we meet people, when we worship, or in other circumstances when we so the same thing over and over. The rituals often serve us well. They enable us to complete many tasks without those tasks dominating our attention. They often serve us well.
Yet the very thing that makes the ritual serve us well also leads to problems. We can begin to follow the ritual without actually thinking about what we are doing. When that comes to our interactions with people, or our worship of God, it becomes a problem. We can begin to focus on the ritual rather than the purpose of the ritual. We can begin to follow the ritual without even remembering why we are doing so. The purpose has been lost and the ritual has been emptied of meaning. Sometimes we can even become angry when our rituals are challenged.
Jesus challenged the empty rituals of the Pharisees. He challenged them to consider the purpose of those rituals ahead of the rituals themselves.
What are the rituals you follow? Do you remember why you have them? What would it take for you to add the meaning or purpose back onto the rituals of your life?
Luke 11:37-41 NLT
As Jesus was speaking, one of the Pharisees invited him home for a meal. So he went in and took his place at the table. [38] His host was amazed to see that he sat down to eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony required by Jewish custom. [39] Then the Lord said to him, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy-full of greed and wickedness! [40] Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside? [41] So clean the inside by giving gifts to the poor, and you will be clean all over.