15 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’[a] and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[b] 5 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ 6 they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
Just how seriously Jesus viewed justice and mercy is illustrated here but in many other ways too. As followers of Jesus we take that to heart. Let’s pray that we will make every effort to have right teaching AND be people of mercy, justice and love. It’s never “either/or” but “both/and”. Not easy to do but let’s pray for each other as we live in that way.