I have written at length now about what Jesus refers to as the weightier matters of the law: judgment (mishpat), mercy (chesed), and fidelity (emeth) (cf. Mt 23:23). This three inseparable covenant virtues provide us with a fuller meaning with the famous saying, I want mercy, not sacrifice. (cf. Mt 9:13, Hos 6:6) God does want the public, exterior worship of sacrifice, but he wants it as an expression of the self-offering of a worshipper whose life is a life of fidelity to the covenant through the practice of mercy in a......