"I desire mercy"

“Despite God’s covenant and mercy, the people often lived with a ‘facade-like’ religiosity, without living in depth the command of the Lord. This is why the prophet emphasized: ‘I desire mercy,’ namely the loyalty of a heart that recognizes its own sins, that mends its ways and returns to be faithful to the covenant with God. ‘And not sacrifice’: without a penitent heart, every religious action is ineffective!” — Pope Francis

Reflection: The challenge of matching the interior motivations with the exterior expressions of religious faith has existed for centuries. Pope Francis, like Matthew 9:13, echoes the Old Testament prophet Hosea (6:6) in reminding disciples that actions are empty without a humble heart moved by love for God and others. What motivates your religious practice?

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