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"What I want is mercy, not sacrifice." (Matthew 9:13)
The Pharisees have complained about Jesus' ministry and this is his response. They were good at going through the motions, offering the sacrifices required by the Law, but they didn't practice the mercy that the prophets called for. Jesus invites us to look into our hearts and to follow justice and mercy in our lives.
Heavenly Father, when I do something out of a sense of duty, remind me of the joy that is in everything, and to respond with love. Amen.