Isaiah 23:23 —Woe to you Pharisees and Scribes: Reflection by Cynthia Abegail
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin and neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment, mercy and fidelity. (But) these you should have done without neglecting the others.
Yes, there are priorities to do! What is more important must be given attention. Judgment and justice is very important in our dealing with others, every one has a fair go. Where there is oppression, God is not in favour of that situation. We can feel it if something is not right, because we are inherently children of God, made in his likeness.
As children of God, we are not suppose to be complicit with evil. Evil things we must abhor to the very core of our soul such as drug trafficking, phedophilia, children trafficking, deception, atrocities and the like. We must stand up for our rights in not violent ways. We must support those people who works for the poor and marginalised in our society.
Mercy says it all! What is the use of your 24 hours adoring the Lord that when you go out, you gossip about everybody including your very own priests? What good is all your prayers when you always bat your eyelids on people you hated because you are envious of their talents? What is the use of you reciting 3 Rosaries a day when you could not even donate a pack of oats to the poor?
The Lord knows that all these things you do in the Church is important but you must be merciful and loving as a weightier things of the law—the law of love and mercy!
Fidelity! Yes, did we remember that in the story of Genesis, Satan entered the snake and deceived Adam and Eve. That’s called betrayal. We should be faithful to the Lord and to all our family, friends and others too, and to God’s Word.