[b]Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches.Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”
He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘ This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
These are some verses quoted by certain Protestant / Charismatic / Pentecostal groups when they refer to our church services in a derogatory manner. They tend to draw parallels with the reverence given by our priests and bishops to the vestments and other objects used during worship. According to them, we are so wrapped up in rituals that Jesus Christ gets lost in the "chaos".
Now, some of us have within our families, such sarcastic people. What would be the best way to respond to their jibes, keeping in mind that hostile reaction would only alienate them from learning more about our way of worship.