“…you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters…” – Matthew 23:23
The Pharisees were meticulous in keeping the law to the minutest degree. For them to bother to tithe their kitchen herbs – it would have been only a small clump, since it wasn’t a crop that you would have copious amounts of – it shows how much they measured their outward displays of faithfulness. Jesus makes the point, not that they did these things but that they paid too much attention to them, at the expense of other things left unattended to.
It could be like a person who throws himself into helping at Church, but fails to help his own son with his homework. Or one who is comes to the Sacraments with a good attitude and reverence, but then is disrespectful towards her co-workers. They have lost their sense of right order, or proportion.
Let us take account today in our lives, of the things we invest ourselves in. Do they really matter? Or are we getting wrapped up in only the superfluous and letting the things that really matter pass us by?
May God bless you!