God desires mercy and not sacrifice
Posted by prepareformass on June 1, 2008
What does God expect from me? The prophet Hosea got the answer to this question very plainly.
Hos.6:6 – For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings.
Jesus, recalls the words of the prophet Hosea after the Call of Matthew. The Pharisees asked the disciples why he chose to eat with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus replied…
Mt.9:12-13 – “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice’.
To know Love is to know God for He himself is Love. Why did God make us in the first place? To know Him, to love Him and to serve Him in this life so that we can be happy with him in the next – Question 2 from the Baltimore Catechism.
Jesus calls us to act upon his words and implores us to get to know him. We get to know him by learning what he expects of us. We get to know him through prayer, through getting to know ourselves and the people in our lives, and by learning about our faith.
In the sermon on the mount (Mt.5-7), among other things, Jesus tells us that we are called to love not only your neighbor but your enemies, to refrain from judgement, to lay up treasure in heaven, and to forgive. The Beatitudes (Mt5:3-12) are the new commandments that challenge us to put our faith into action through grace. At the conclusion of the sermon on the mount, Jesus warns of a false practice of religion. Many will say Lord, Lord… then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers’ (Mt.7:22,23). Jesus follows this up with the story of the House Built Upon Rock.
Mt.7:24-27 – “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.”
God desires from us love and knowledge of Him. Jesus’ offering of Himself on the cross is the perfect sacrifice which we all enter into and partake in and unite ourselves with. Christians commemorate and join with the perfect sacrifice in the celebration of the Eucharist. God wants us to know Him and to love Him, by loving and serving one another. We are called to go forth and to put our faith into action after partaking in the sacrifice acceptable to the Lord in Mass. Let us take the time to get to know Him and receive His blessings and grace.
We ask you Father to grant us an increase of Faith and that we may come to know You more and more each day so that by knowing Your Love, we may share that Love with one another AMEN.