In ancient times, the people of Israel would offer sacrifices to God in order to atone for sins. In today’s first reading from the book of Micah, we hear that the Lord does not desire sacrifices, but rather deeds of righteousness.
With what shall I come before the LORD,
and bow before God most high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
with myriad streams of oil?
Shall I give my first-born for my crime,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
You have been told, O man, what is good,
and what the LORD requires of you:
Only to do the right and to love goodness,
and to walk humbly with your God.
Have we gotten the message? The Lord wants us to do what is right and good. Nothing else. It really isn’t all that complicated.
And what is the good? To love him with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. And to love each other as Jesus loves us.