Theme: DEMANDS OF TRUE DISCIPLESHIP
Text: “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” – Matthew 14:14.
Comment: Compassion is that caring feeling of sympathy or thoughtfulness that enables one to empathize or put oneself in another people’s situation and respond favourably by attending to their plight and helping out with their immediate need(s). Jesus Christ is compassionate and he exhibited this quality on different occasions. On a particular occasion, after preaching to a great multitude of people, he took notice of the fact that they have had nothing to eat. Then he responded to their hunger by multiplying seven loaves of bread and few fishes with which he fed 4, 000 people besides women and children, on that day. Before performing the miracle of multiplying the seven loaves of bread and few fishes, he stated: “…I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. – Mark 8:1-3.
St. Peter charged us: “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” – 1 Peter 3:8, 9.