“If you had known what ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’ meant, you would not have condemned the innocent (for desecrating the sabbath).
For the son of man is the lord of the sabbath.”
If my body is the temple in which God rests, then I, as a humble conscious mind and spirit, am also a priest whose dining among the consecration are acts of innocence—I am a walking sabbath. In a sense, I am always on sabbatical.
Saul didn’t know what “I desire mercy, not sacrifice meant” as he happily watched Stephen get stoned.
The Pharisees didn’t know either with the adulterer, the grain pickers, the tax collectors and sinners—those who Christ called the “sick” and the “hungry” and the “unrighteous.” He says the sinners are innocent—what?—and not to be judged or condemned, but rather healed and fed.
As Christ roamed the Palestinian countryside, the ones he consistently condemned were healthy, wealthy and wise; the full and the righteous.
Judgment and innocence.
Christ sees the case against man one way. Man sees the case against man the opposite. Christ sees man as a defendant for whom he is the defense attorney. Man sees man as a guilty criminal in need of condemnation. When Christ turns to look at the Pharisee (the elite, righteous, intelligent, mature, the enlightened) he sees a prosecuting attorney pointing his finger at the innocent. He sees the devil, the adversary of existence, the great prosecutor making the case for Hell.