Neglecting the Important

Show mercy and compassion to one another.
                                      —Zechariah 7:9

The returned remnants of the exile had worshiped God in Babylon for seventy years, but their sincerity was suspect: “Did you really do it for me?” the Lord asked (Zec 7:5).

Their devotion to God was unconvincing because they didn’t show mercy and compassion to one another.

These are the very things that drew Jesus’ censure of the Pharisees. They were vigilant in their giving, tithing even the spices in their pantries. “But,” he said, “you have neglected the more important matters . . . justice, mercy and faithfulness” (Mt 23:23).

Worship of God comes up short when the worshiper is insensitive to human needs. Jesus said, “When you refused to help my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me” (Mt. 25:45).

Worship of God is invalidated
by indifference to people.

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