“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” vs. 36
As Jesus began his ministry in Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, proclaiming good news, and curing every disease and sickness, he was overwhelmed by the profound needs of the people. They came by the hundreds, almost more than he could deal with, and they reminded him of sheep without a shepherd. They were easy prey for predators and the wealthy fleeced them at every opportunity. We see the compassionate heart of Jesus so clearly in these interactions with the least and the lowly. Oh how he yearned to help them! Some of us have been on the receiving end of compassion in the course of our lifetimes…how good it feels to be supported and lifted up. All of us have a call to be on the giving side too, in spite of the growing trend in our society to see the poor as a problem rather than an opportunity. Some are even saying that we should let the sick and the helpless just fend for themselves. Surely such sentiments could never issue from one walking in the way of Jesus! The call is so clear! There can be no misunderstanding! The harassed and helpless are still among us, crying out for attention and assistance, exactly like sheep without a shepherd. To be compassionate is to be the presence of Christ!
Thought for the Day: How do I show compassion?