Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.
Here Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for criticizing him for sitting with tax collectors and sinners and reminds the Pharisees that they, too, are sinners who may desire mercy at some time.
Recently my husband and I shopped at the mall for Christmas presents. It was quite a mass of humanity, and it would have been very easy to lose our tempers at the eager and sometimes thoughtless shoppers in the crowd. Instead, we had a great deal of fun when we bought two pretzels and sat for a while to eat and watch the shoppers rush by with their children in tow.
By removing ourselves from the fray, it was easier to see the people as individuals with individual problems and needs, rather than rude folks cutting in front of us at every turn.
During these last days of the shopping season, let us all remember that our fellow travelers, with their difficulties and schedules, deserve our mercy as much as we deserve Christ’s mercy because we all are sinners.
Written by Becky
The 12:12 Project is sponsored by Katy First United Methodist Church.