Wednesday 3rd September – Memorial of St Gregory the great; Pope & Doctor
Reflection: Luke 4: 38-44
GOD OF COMPASSION
“At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to Him. He laid His hands on each of them and cured them.” (Luke 4: 40)
To be compassionate means “to suffer with”. It involves partaking in the sufferings of others; with an active desire to alleviate the suffering. Compassion goes deeper than just empathy. In ethical terms, the principle of compassion is manifested in the Golden Rule, “Do to others what you would have them do to you”. Compassion is often regarded as having an emotional aspect to it, though sometimes based on cerebral notion such as fairness and justice.
Jesus Christ showed mercy and compassion to all brought to him for help and took his time to patiently and tenderly lay his hands on EACH of the sick people and cure them. Dear friends, Christ calls you and I, to attend to the needs of others just as Christ would have us do and not just as it pleases us. Christ desires that we extend a hand of help, not just to our family members and friends not to as many as we can reach out to. As Christ’s ambassadors, let us go forth through God’s grace to show others the love, care and mercy of God.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to know that whatever I do to the least of my brethren, I do them to you. Amen
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 309 – What is charity?
Charity is the power by which we, who have been loved first by God, can give ourselves to God so as to be united with him and can accept our neighbour for God’s sake as unconditionally and sincerely as we accept ourselves.
HIDE A TREASURE: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 CCB
Readings for Today: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Psalm 33: 12-15, 20-21, Luke 4: 38-44