“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 12:7




Jesus said,

“‘I desire mercy,

and not sacrifice.’"


– Matthew 12:7 (NRSV)






It is not that our Lord does not want the sacrifices we offer Him,

but He is stressing that, above all,

He desires steadfast love and compassion and mercy;

and He asks that every sacrifice should come from the heart,

because charity should imbue everything a Christian does

– especially his or her worship of God.


This phrase reflects one of the fundamental elements of the entire Christian message:

True religion consists in the love of God and neighbour.

To act otherwise would be non-observance of Christ’s teachings

and liturgical worship will thereby lose its value.


It is essential therefore, that when we attend church on Sundays,

or whenever we go before the Lord,

we go not just with love in our hearts for the Lord,

but also for our neighbour,

towards whom we must be generously merciful

just like Jesus is with us,

and to whom we must always show forgiveness,

just as Jesus forgives us.






“If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body,

I could boast about it;

but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”


– St. Paul (1 Cor 13:3)






O Lord my God, let my mercy for all others reflect my love for You.


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