In today’s Gospel passage Jesus teaches us the meaning of true worship. We truly worship Him by giving Him our hearts. He wants our hearts connected to His heart. Our Lord wants a strong and personal relationship with us.
We also learn what Jesus doesn’t want. That is lip service like that of the scribes and Pharisees. “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me.” The scribes and Pharisees perform daily rituals. However, they are just going through the motions. Their hearts are closed. They do not allow God to change them. Their worship is meaningless.
The letter from St. James reinforces the meaning of true worship. “Be doers of the word and not hearers only…” In other words, actions speak louder than words. Reaching out to and caring for the most vulnerable of those around us is true worship.
Now the question is are we really giving our hearts to the Lord or are we merely giving Him our lip service? We are called to commit our hearts to Him each and every day. It is essential that we thoroughly examine our lives. Do our actions reflect a life that honors Him? When they do, we are offering true worship.