I Desire Mercy

It is natural to lash out at someone who has hurt us.  In a way, getting revenge makes us feel that we have evened the score.  But does it?  Does causing pain to a friend, family member or a co-worker really make us feel better about ourselves?

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath.
His disciples were hungry
and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him,
“See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.”
He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did
when he and his companions were hungry,
how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering,
which neither he nor his companions
but only the priests could lawfully eat?
Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath
the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath
and are innocent?
I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.
If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
you would not have condemned these innocent men.
For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”

We should always seek to the will of God.  His will for us is that we love each other, especially when we don’t want to be loving.  Jesus reminds us that love is unconditional.

The Lord desires mercy.  Be merciful.

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2 Responses to I Desire Mercy

  1. Mary Thomas says:

    This brings to mind the squabbling that is going on between two of my neighbors literally in their front lawns. When I commented that they need to act like grown ups and go back in their homes and stop acting like idiots my husband said, “sometimes you can only take so much before saying something.” My comment was that this does not make things better, only worse. The more offending neighbor is now in trouble with the police after he flipped off the other neighbor’s wife in front of a daycare parent who is a police officer. Grown ups need to set an example for their children as well as others.

  2. Mary Thomas says:

    Prolonging bad will does not solve anyone’s problems. If we cannot get along with our neighbors what does this say for how well our politicians and other countries do the same?

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